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Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador Trump to name Heather Nauert as UN ambassador tomorrow, reports say
Gerardo Duncan | 09 December, 2018, 04:04

Nauert, who had little experience in government or foreign policy before being appointed as a spokesperson in Trump's administration in 2017, will replace outgoing U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Haley surprised White House officials in October when she said she would resign by the end of year, citing the need for a break after two terms as governor and two years at the UN.

Nauert is also seen as close to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Nauert has served as the State Department spokesperson since April 2017.

If Nauert wins Senate confirmation, she will face a broad agenda at the United Nations topped by the need to maintain worldwide sanctions on North Korea.

Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center says Nauert has a different profile from past US ambassadors to the United Nations.

From March until October this year, the 48-year-old, from Rockford, Illinois, worked as acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

She'll also take up the administration's efforts to defend Israel at the United Nations and counter what Haley called the organization's bias against the Jewish state.

Trump told reporters that Nauert, who is in line to take over from Nikki Haley, had proven herself as a "very talented, very smart" member of his administration. She also tweeted links to jihadwatch.org, an anti-Muslim hate site run by Robert Spencer, a prominent anti-Muslim activist who is banned from the United Kingdom for his Islamophobic and racist rhetoric.

Nauert has laid relatively low in the administration.

At the time, the tensions sparked fears the back-and-forth could trigger a war with North Korea after it tested missiles and nuclear weapons that it claimed could hit the U.S. However, Haley claimed Trump's rhetoric boosted her negotiating power at the United Nations and enabled her to pass three Security Council strict sanctions against North Korea.

Nauert worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005, and returned again in 2007 after a two-year role at ABC.

Heather Nauert, who has shown poise in front of the cameras and mostly avoided gaffes, would succeed Nikki Haley, a former SC governor seen as entertaining ambitions for higher political office.

"Nauert is a very good public operator, and should do a professional job presenting USA policy at the UN", Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at the United Nations University's Center for Policy Research, said in an email.

But the former television anchor has mostly avoided snafus, keeping regular press briefings concise and winning praise for her poise as she fields a dizzying array of foreign policy questions. The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are.

Maybe the new ambassador will eventually become a rock star beyond the ranks of Fox News viewers and enhance her own power, so long as she doesn't undercut the ultimate Boss.

"I worry that we will grow ever more isolated on this, the most important of world stages", he said.

Democrats are promising aggressive oversight of Trump's administration and business activities when they take control of the US House of Representatives in January following their gains in last month's elections.

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