Jendayi E. Frazer, who served as President George W. Bush’s assistant secretary of state for African affairs, stated the US had “misplaced a variety of diplomatic credibility” within the United Nations throughout the Trump administration.

Ms. Thomas-Greenfield is “going to should undo a variety of that work,” Ms. Frazer stated. “However she’s the right particular person to do it, due to her diplomatic type.”

All through her diplomatic profession, Ms. Thomas-Greenfield was recognized for mentoring younger State Division employees, and for utilizing an strategy towards international coverage that drew on relationships and private connections, a number of former State Division officers stated.

Dehab Ghebreab, a 27-year veteran of the Overseas Service who labored together with her in Liberia, remembers one explicit second when Ms. Thomas-Greenfield was the ambassador posted in Monrovia.

In 2012, Ms. Thomas-Greenfield determined that the nation’s rise in harassment in opposition to lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender youths wanted to be addressed, Ms. Ghebreab stated. To take action, she invited a gaggle of eight individuals for lunch, and over a diffusion of gumbo, hen, fish and rice, she introduced collectively the nation’s minister of data with two L.G.B.T. youths and members of the information media to speak and eat.

Hours after the nation’s minister of data left, he launched a press release condemning the rise in abuse, Ms. Ghebreab stated, which caught some embassy employees abruptly, as a result of most high politicians within the nation had refused to deal with the problem.

“She’s very efficient,” Ms. Ghebreab stated.

Pranshu Verma reported from Washington, and Rick Gladstone from New York. Emily Cochrane contributed reporting from Washington.

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