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Trump to nominate State Department’s Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador

07 December 2018
Trump to nominate State Department’s Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador

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.

Nauert's nomination had been rumoured for weeks, and she had started handing over some of her responsibilities as spokeswoman to her deputy, Robert Palladino.

Nauert has been on the short list for ambassador to the United Nations since Haley announced that she was stepping down from her post in October.

Nauert joined the administration in 2017 after several years as an anchor on Fox News, and has quickly moved up the ranks, joining Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's inner circle, according to Bloomberg.

However Ms Haley has made no secret of the fact that she has had policy disagreements with Mr Trump.

A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision to tap Heather Nauert for the U.N. Ambassador position by tweet on Friday morning.

In addition to that role, Ms Nauert was appointed acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in March 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.

One of the reports came from Fox News, where Ms Nauert has previously worked as a presenter.

That role gave her responsibilities far beyond the news conferences she held in the State Department briefing room. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience.

Chris Murphy (D-CT) bashed Nauert as lacking in expertise, believing her to be the wrong choice for President Donald Trump's administration.

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