Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next United Nations ambassador

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

President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, two White House officials have said.

Representatives at the White House and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It is not yet clear who would take over her role as State Department Spokesperson.

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. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.

Ms Nauert, 48, a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor as well as a mother, does not have prior political or policymaking experience.

The nomination was first reported by Bloomberg News.




Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert. Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC.

If successful Ms Nauert will replace Nikki Haley who announced her resignation at the end of October.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in US diplomacy.

That means Nauert would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the United Nations and within the administration, and as a result, would pose nowhere near the challenge to national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly or Pompeo. Trump met Ms Nauert in the Oval Office on Monday, but a job offer has not been officially confirmed. She will have to be confirmed by the Senate to become ambassador to the United Nations.

Nuart was brought on to the administration after providing commentary on "Fox and Friends" on what appears to be Trump's favorite cable news network.

Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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