Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next United Nations ambassador

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2018

Nauert would replace Haley, who announced in October that she would be departing her position as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations at the close of 2018.

Nikki Haley abruptly resigned in October calling her time as United Nations ambassador the "honor of a lifetime".

While the senator acknowledged that Nauert does have State Department experience, he pointed out that "she has no experience as a diplomat", also arguing that she beings to the table "no meaningful experience in the government".

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News anchor, joined the State Department in April 2017.

Fox News said Mr Trump would tweet about the appointment on Friday morning, while Bloomberg said it had been told of the decision to appoint Ms Nauert by three sources.

A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However Ms Haley has made no secret of the fact that she has had policy disagreements with Mr Trump.

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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.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in US diplomacy.

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.

One of the reports came from Fox News, where Ms Nauert has previously worked as a presenter.

Nonetheless, during her two-year stint, Haley became a darling of the Trump administration and the pro-Israel community for her vociferous defense of the Jewish state at the United Nations, a body often seen as hostile to Israel.

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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