Trump expected to name Heather Nauert next United Nations ambassador, sources say

07 December, 2018, 10:22 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be UN ambassador

President Donald Trump has chose to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace departing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to three people familiar with the decision.

She'll also take up the administration's efforts to defend Israel at the United Nations and counter what Haley called the organization's bias against the Jewish state.

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News presenter, has been spokeswomen for the US Department of Defence since a year ago.

If confirmed by the Senate, she would take over from outgoing ambassador Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October without offering details on why.

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News anchor, joined the State Department in April 2017. Trump is one of the show's biggest fans, and he often finds inspiration in the hosts' remarks as topics for his morning tweets. She had no government or foreign policy experience prior to joining the Trump Administration. Trump is expected to announce the nomination on Friday.

Nauert would take up the US mantle at the United Nations including holding sanctions on North Korea and defending Israel.

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"She's excellent. She's been with us a long time", Trump said of Nauert last month.

She worked under two secretaries of state, Rex Tillerson and current boss Mike Pompeo, and was designated acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs from March to October 2018.

Trump has been known to change course on staffing decisions in the past.

"If Nauert is nominated and approved, people will be interested to see whether she's willing and able to do the diplomatic toil or whether she will see this as an extension of the spokesman position and focus more on presentation of USA position before the Security Council", said Gowan.

Other candidates considered for the job, according to Bloomberg, were former White House adviser Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

Mr Trump earlier said his daughter, Ivanka, would be ideal for the role but conceded he'd be accused of nepotism if he appointed her.

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