Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Trump to Name State Department's Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be UN ambassador
Gerardo Duncan | 07 December, 2018, 08:08

Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans.

Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a "leading contender" for the position, sources familiar with the selection process said at the time.

As reports broke Thursday night that former Fox News personality Heather Nauert could be in line to assume the role of United Nations ambassador and be named by Trump as early as Friday, not everyone was pleased.

Nauert became the state department spokeswoman in April 2017 and this year was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. Chris Murphy (D-CT) bashed Nauert as lacking in expertise, believing her to be the wrong choice for President Donald Trump's administration.

She will face a variety of challenges if confirmed for the job, including championing USA efforts to contain Iran's influence in the Middle East and ensuring the global body maintains tough sanctions on North Korea as Washington tries to negotiate an end to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes. With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had come to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter.

Nauert and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Nauert has been serving as a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department since 2017, appointed by Trump to work under former secretary Rex Tillerson.

If her appointment is confirmed she will replace Ms Haley, who had held the role since November 2016. Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC.

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. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration".

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

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