Trump to name former Fox anchor Heather Nauert as next United Nations ambassador

07 December, 2018, 08:10 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

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

U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with his decision said on Thursday, tapping someone with no prior policy or political experience to deal with some of the world's thorniest issues.

She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017.

The state department has made no comment. Like Haley, a former SC governor, Nauert would come to the job with little experience in diplomacy.

Trump is expected to tweet out announcement naming Nauert as next United Nations ambassador.

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Haley unexpectedly announced her resignation in October and promised to serve in her role through the end of 2018. Nauert would need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking up the role.

Her appointment to the United Nations role would have to be approved by the US Senate. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year.

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.

The Illinois native would follow in the footsteps of Haley, a former governor of South Carolina; Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize victor; Susan Rice, a Rhodes Scholar; and former National Security Council and national security officials such as Madeleine Albright.

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. Haley rallied global support for tougher measures in 2017, when Pyongyang ramped up its ballistic missile and weapons test, but there has been increasing pressure to ease up on the restrictions following Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un in June.

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