Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump expected to pick Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador

Trump expected to pick Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador

Three people familiar with President Trump's decision to name Nauert confirmed the pick, according to the report.

The Trump administration will reportedly nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations next month.

Nauert's foreign policy experience is limited to her year-and-a-half tenure as State Department Spokesperson, plus half a year as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, plus one-episode cameo in Fox's foreign-policy drama "24" which is all about global diplomatic crises.

She would be taking the position amid a roster of thorny global challenges, ranging from North Korea's nuclear program to Yemen's starvation and the growing divide between the U.S. and its closest allies over the Iran nuclear deal, climate change and other issues.

Numerous reports in the USA media - the first of which appeared in Bloomberg news - said Nauert would be nominated Friday, citing sources close to the matter.

Haley surprised White House officials in October when she said she would resign by the end of year, citing the need for a break after two terms as governor and two years at the UN.

A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Still, with Trump, no staffing decision is final until he makes the formal announcement, since he has been known to change course in the past.

Nauert speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dialogues with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, Oct. 18.

Her appointment to the United Nations role would have to be approved by the US Senate. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar a year ago to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped. Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC.

The president picked Nauert after considering other potential nominees including former White House aide Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump's favorite television show, "Fox & Friends", when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration's foreign policy.

Haley also quelled speculation about a potential 2020 bid for president.

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