Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump's favorite television show, "Fox & Friends", when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration's foreign policy.

Sources are indicating US President Donald Trump has made the previously-hinted-at decision to replace retiring United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley with foreign-policy newcomer Heather Nauert.

Nauert also now serves as the acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department.

Three people familiar with President Trump's decision to name Nauert confirmed the pick, according to the report.

Trump has previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down at the end of this year.

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

"She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time", he said at the time.

Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning. In her first speech as ambassador, she warned that there would be consequences against those nations that worked against the will of the the global organization. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas US embassies, consulates and other posts.

Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017 after spending more than 20 years as a journalist for ABC and Fox News.

Trump is reportedly weighing other staff changes before the end of the year, including replacing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

She will need to win Senate confirmation to assume the role.

A key question with Nauert will be whether the president keeps the United Nations envoy job as a Cabinet-level position, or downgrades it to report through Pompeo, as other administrations have sometimes done.

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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