Trump to nominate State Department spokesperson Nauert as United Nations envoy

Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Nauert, 48, worked as a Fox News host prior to her role in the State Department.

President Donald Trump plans to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a senior administration official said Thursday.

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.

If she wins Senate confirmation, Nauert will face a broad agenda at the United Nations topped by the need to maintain worldwide sanctions on North Korea.

Haley surprised White House officials in October when she said she would resign by the end of year, citing the need for a break after two terms as governor and two years at the UN.

When she announced her decision to step down the president called her a "very special person" and said she had told him some months before that she wanted to take some time off.

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

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Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

He pulled the United States out of the UN human rights body in September, citing bias towards Israel, and his administration has cut funding for the UN refugee agency and past year proposed U.S. funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body. 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.

Numerous reports in the U.S. media - the first of which appeared in Bloomberg news - said Nauert would be nominated Friday, citing sources close to the matter.

Haley similarly had little foreign policy experience when appointed, although she had a national name as the governor of SC.

Shut out from the top by Tillerson and his inner circle, Nauert developed relationships with career diplomats.

"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.

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