President Trump makes pick for next ambassador to Canada

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has tapped a retired North Carolina physician to be the next U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Dr. Aldona Wos was nominated Tuesday to fill the role vacated by Kelly Craft, who is now the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, news outlets reported.

Wos must be confirmed by the Senate.

In 2017, Wos was appointed by Trump to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She has also served as ambassador to Estonia under former President George W. Bush and as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and The Institute of World Politics, and she was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.  Earlier in her career, Dr. Wos worked as a physician specializing in internal medicine and pulmonary care.  She is an active Member of the Republican Regents, Republican National Committee, serves on the Duke University Law School Board of Visitors, and previously was on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.  Dr. Wos attended Marquette University and then the Warsaw Medical Academy from which she received her Doctor of Medicine degree.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.