Trump to nominate State Department spokesperson Nauert as United Nations envoy

Geraldine Edwards
December 7, 2018

As reports broke Thursday night that former Fox News personality Heather Nauert could be in line to assume the role of United Nations ambassador and be named by Trump as early as Friday, not everyone was pleased.

Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a "leading contender" for the position, sources familiar with the selection process said at the time.

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

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Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning, according to Fox News. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president. 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.

Perhaps feeling some affinity for another TV star with limited political experience, Bloomberg claims that Trump will chose ex-Fox & Friends star Heather Nauert as the US' next ambassador to the United Nations.

Trump had previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Haley, though he's been known to change course on staffing in the past.

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Nauert and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nauert is now the spokeswoman for the State Department.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in USA diplomacy. She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar previous year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped.

It was reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.

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