Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for United Nations ambassador

Lamar Ellis
December 7, 2018

The Trump administration will reportedly nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations next month.

Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who has held the post since the beginning of Trump's administration. She became the State Department's spokeswoman in April 2017 and was named earlier this year as the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. Nauert, 48, worked as a Fox News host prior to her role in the State Department. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.

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Sources told Fox News Thursday evening that he will announce his decision in a tweet Friday.

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Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president.

Requests for comment to the state department and the White House were not immediately returned. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations. She will have to be confirmed by the Senate to become ambassador to the United Nations.

Nauert, who earlier this year had been considered a possible successor to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, gained experience on diplomacy by working at the State Department, but she lacks the political and policy credentials of Haley, a former SC governor. She met with Trump at the end of October, fueling speculation that she had emerged as the president's top choice for the role.

ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the United Nations job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted. All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs.

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