Biden taps Power, who allowed anti-settlement UN resolution, as USAID chief

As US ambassador to international body, Samantha Power allowed an anti-settlements resolution to pass in the Security Council in final days of Obama administration

United States ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power votes on a resolution during a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

JTA — US President-elect Joe Biden named Samantha Power, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, to a top foreign aid post on Wednesday.

Power — notable during her UN tenure in part because of her role in allowing through an anti-settlements resolution at the tail end of the Obama administration — was tapped as the administrator of the US Agency for International Development. Biden elevated her position to include a seat on the National Security Council, a reflection of his determination to roll back President Donald Trump’s diminishment of US assistance overseas, including to Palestinians.