Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador

Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to confirm tomorrow that he has chosen State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as the next ambassador to the United Nations, according to several U.S. media outlets.

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.

Nikki Haley had announced in October that she was leaving the post by the end of the year. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy. Nauert beat out other contenders for the position including: former White House advisor Dina Powell, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

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

Trump had previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Haley, though he's been known to change course on staffing in the past.

In addition to that role, Ms Nauert was appointed acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in March this year.

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

ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the United Nations job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted. Since mid-October, she had rarely been seen by reporters at the State Department as Palladino took the lead. Now, she is poised to serve as the United States' permanent representative to the UN's 193 member nations.

Israeli leaders nonetheless thanked her and feted the results as proof of wide support for Israel's position. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations.

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