Trump to Name State Department's Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

Trump to Name State Department's Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

Trump to Name State Department's Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

Following the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, reports indicate that U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as her replacement.

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. According to her State Department biography, she worked at ABC News prior to her time at Fox, and before that spent a term as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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.

Trump will send a tweet on Friday morning about choosing Nauert to replace the outgoing United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October, Fox News reported, citing multiple sources.

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Nauert was formerly a co-host on morning cable news show "Fox & Friends" as well as a correspondent for CBS News.

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

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. Nauert would need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking up the role. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar past year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped.

Ahead of the vote, the U.S. ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

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