Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador

Larry Hoffman
December 7, 2018

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 was a reporter for Fox News Channel before she became State Department spokeswoman under former secretary Rex Tillerson.

Bloomberg also reported Thursday that President Trump had chosen Nauert for the role.

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

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". But when White House officials told her they wanted her, she accepted.

It was unclear whether the United Nations ambassador post would remain part of the Cabinet, as it has been under Ms Haley, and there have been internal discussions about not having it remain a Cabinet-level position, one White House official said.

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Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

Her appointment to the United Nations role would have to be approved by the US Senate. Nauert beat out other contenders for the position including: former White House advisor Dina Powell, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

Just 18 months ago, she wasn't even in government. Formerly a Fox News anchor, sh came to the administration in 2017.

Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar a year ago to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped.

The Illinois native would follow in the footsteps of Haley, a former governor of South Carolina; Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize victor; Susan Rice, a Rhodes Scholar; and former National Security Council and national security officials such as Madeleine Albright.

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