Nauert to Become Next UN Ambassador

Leroy Wright
December 7, 2018

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert is expected to be President Donald Trump's nominee for the United States ambassador to the United Nations, according to media reports.

Nauert's nomination had been rumoured for weeks, and she had started handing over some of her responsibilities as spokeswoman to her deputy, Robert Palladino.

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.

Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

Nikki Haley had announced in October that she was leaving the post by the end of the year.

Trump is expected to tweet out announcement naming Nauert as next United Nations ambassador.

The decision could be announced as early as Friday, the source said, requesting anonymity.

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Plucked from Fox by the White House to serve as State Department spokeswoman, Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency's hierarchy when Tillerson was sacked in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.

"She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time", he said at the time.

Ms Nauert worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005 and, after two years away during which she worked for ABC, she returned to Fox in 2007, later becoming a presenter for Fox & Friends.

Two of Mr Trump's advisers have said he is weighing a number of other end-of-year staff changes, including replacing Chief of Staff, John Kelly. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts.

She will need to win Senate confirmation to assume the role. Trump is a regular viewer and one time guest of the show, and Nauert herself has developed a close relationship with Trump's daughter Ivanka.

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

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