Trump to nominate State Department’s Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador

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President Trump is set to nominate State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a senior administration official said Thursday.

Heather Nauert, who earlier this year had been considered a possible successor to White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, gained experience on diplomacy by working at the State Department, but she lacks the political and policy credentials of Ms Haley, who is a former governor of SC.

She will take over from Nikki Haley who announced her resignation in October.

In 2017, Veteran Fox News correspondent and anchor Heather Nauert was named as the Trump administration's new lead foreign policy spokesperson.

She worked under two secretaries of state, Rex Tillerson and current boss Mike Pompeo, and was designated acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs from March to October 2018. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

The nomination was first reported by Bloomberg News.

She will face a variety of challenges if confirmed for the job, including championing US 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 programs.

"If Nauert is nominated and approved, people will be interested to see whether she's willing and able to do the diplomatic toil or whether she will see this as an extension of the spokesman position and focus more on presentation of United States position before the Security Council", said Gowan.

Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. "What we've really discovered over the last two years is that even when you have a relatively mainstream, relatively collegial, relatively influential ambassador to the United Nations like Haley, that only buys you a limited degree of protection from a president like Trump".