Heather Nauert tipped for US UN post

Geraldine Edwards
December 8, 2018

The contrast between Haley and Nauert's respective credentials and diplomatic experience couldn't be more stark.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, a U.S. diplomat said, "Nauert seems to be a compromise candidate of two powerful foreign policy mavens of the Trump administration - Mike Pompeo and Bolton".

According to reporting by CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told aides he wants the position downgraded from Cabinet level, which is in line with previous Republican administrations.

"I think there's a real sense that she can communicate effectively". But without being a member of the Cabinet, she wouldn't have the same independence that Haley has enjoyed. Barr previously served in the same position under former President George H.W. Bush.

"The secretariat building in NY has 38 storeys". It's typical for Republican presidents not to make the United Nations ambassador a member of the Cabinet, though Trump included Haley in his.

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Nauert's relationship with Spencer dates back to 2009, when she hosted him and fellow anti-Muslim activists Frank Gaffney, Tarek Fatah and Nonie Darwish to discuss an hour-long segment on "stealth jihad".

Ahead of the vote, the USA ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

Danny Danon, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, swiftly welcomed Nauert's appointment.

If confirmed by the Senate, Nauert would assume the US ambassador job at the end of the year.

If confirmed by the Senate, the former Fox News anchor would replace Nikki Haley.

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Nauert blamed Hamas for the crisis in Gaza, including Israeli violence against peaceful Palestinian protesters. He elevated her to under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, a job vacated by Steve Goldstein who was sacked along with Tillerson. "And Hamas bears the ultimate responsibility for the misery of the people living in Gaza and in some of the surrounding areas".

But Bruen, who now heads the Global Situation Room consulting firm, questioned whether Nauert was the best pick when "American influence on the world stage is at a historic low". The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are. "But that's just me", NBC correspondent David Gura wrote on Twitter at the time.

Trump told reporters last month that Nauert was "excellent", adding, "She's been a supporter for a long time". She is clearly not qualified for this job.

"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 U.S. position before the Security Council", said Gowan.

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