Heather Nauert 'to replace Nikki Haley as US envoy to UN'

07 December, 2018, 08:08 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Nauert, 48, worked as a Fox News host prior to her role in the State Department.

President Donald Trump has chosen a successor to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and they're a former Fox News anchor.

Nauert became the State Department spokesperson in April 2017 and, earlier this year, was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

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

Experience matters less to the President, an avid fan of Fox News, than Nauert's loyalty to the White House, the fact that she's a woman and her ability to be a polished proxy on television, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

Requests for comment to the state department and the White House were not immediately returned.

She will take over from Nikki Haley who announced her resignation in October.

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.

Ahead of the vote, the USA ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously". She was in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others, and she has a seat on the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees government broadcast networks such as Voice of America.

Haley announced in October that she would be resigning as the ambassador to the United Nations.

Haley similarly had little foreign policy experience when appointed, although she had a national name as the governor of SC.

While Nauert struggled during the tenure of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - so ostracized from his inner circle that she considered quitting - she could now bring to the United Nations close ties to the White House and a good working relationship with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president.

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