Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador

Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador

Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador

President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week that Heather Nauert is his pick to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations.

Nauert is also seen as close to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Nauert, 48, had been touted for the post since October when Haley, a former governor of SC seen as entertaining future political ambitions, announced that she was stepping down.

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

She also faced criticism for using D-Day as an example of the strong relationship between the United States and Germany.

Plucked from Fox to be the State Department's public face, Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency's hierarchy when Rex Tillerson was sacked in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo.

Previously, she was a Fox News presenter and correspondent.

Because of her work at the State Department, Nauert would have the advantage of already knowing the Trump administration's position on all major global issues.

Nauert would need to be confirmed by the US Senate, but if she passes that hurdle, she would become a top voice for Trump's foreign policy.

But the Senate, which alone needs to confirm Nauert, is still under the control of Trump´s Republican Party.

It's more a matter of the personal clout of the person holding the position, vis-à-vis the nominal figures directing US foreign policy like the secretary of State and the president's national security adviser - the two people Jonathan Swan cites as insisting on Nauert's non-Cabinet rank.

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"Let's remember in large part what has gotten the Israelis and Palestinians to this point, and that is Hamas", she said at a state department briefing last month.

Nauert will face a full plate at the United Nations, with Iran and North Korea and other issues dominating the USA agenda there.

"I think Heather Nauert is smart".

He added that colleagues described Nauert as a quick learner who "executed her functions capably". She will learn the brief.

Haley has had the task of promoting Trump´s "America First" agenda as the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accord, the UN Human Rights Council and other agreements and institutions broadly supported by the 193 members of the United Nations.

"Heather Nauert is not going to be a big-time player in the deliberations on substance in the administration", he said. She called the job an honor of a lifetime and said she wants to let someone else take it.

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"I worry that we will grow ever more isolated on this, the most important of world stages", he said.

Trump's nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert.

Nauert - a former anchor of "Fox and Friends", among the television-loving Trump's favourite shows - became the spokeswoman of the State Department with no foreign policy experience.

With her vast expertise in TV journalism, including eight years at Fox News and at least three at ABC, Ms Nauert certainly knows how to behave in public and deliver neat and well-targeted speeches.

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