Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador

Lamar Ellis
December 8, 2018

On Friday, Trump revealed Haley's replacement at the worldwide body, confirming that he intends to appoint US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, a former Fox News correspondent, to the position.

William Barr is to be nominated as the U.S. attorney general, replacing Jeff Sessions in Donald Trump's Cabinet.

She primarily worked as a health insurance consultant in Washington, D.C., and became a spokeswoman for the State Department in April 2017. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations. Still, she stands a good chance of approval because after the new Congress begins in January, Republicans will have a 53-47 vote majority over Democrats in the Senate. "And I think she's going to be respected by all".

Others, including former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, criticized the choice.

Read on for three things to know about Nauert.

She will need confirmation by the Senate, where Trump's Republican Party enjoys a majority.

"I've known Heather for many years".

Mr. Barr "will be nominated for the United States Attorney-General and hopefully that process will go very quickly", Mr. Trump said before boarding Marine One this morning en route to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Nauert, who Trump praised as being "very talented" and "very smart", would replace Ambassador Nikki Haley who has been a vocal advocate for USA foreign policy and Israel at the UN. That means Nauert could be overshadowed by Pompeo or Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, who had the United Nations job in 2005 and 2006. "It is less clear that she has the experience to hammer out hard deals with China and Russian Federation over problems like Iran and North Korea", United Nations University fellow Richard Gowan told Bloomberg.

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Nauert is said to be close to both those in the White House and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and she has traveled extensively with the secretary, including to North Korea. "Haley has done representing your administration and the American people". The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement. Haley had lobbied hard to get the resolution passed, but couldn't garner the two-thirds majority needed. She had little foreign policy experience before joining the State Department 18 months ago.

He added that colleagues described Nauert as a quick learner who "executed her functions capably". "Haley had a lot of autonomy, with Tillerson largely absent, she had the ambition and leeway to drive United States policy".

Prior to working as a journalist, Nauert had served as a health insurance consultant in Washington DC, cites the official website of the US Department of State. "I have great confidence in her".

Critics have said that while Ms. Nauert may have significant journalism credentials, she lacks foreign policy or other equivalent experience required for the United Nations job.

Experience matters less to the President, an avid fan of Fox News, than Nauert's loyalty to the White House, the fact that she's a woman and her ability to be a polished proxy on television, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

President Trump confirmed the nomination in a tweet.

He also has said that he backs an investigation into Mrs Clinton for the sale of uranium while she was secretary of state - a Fox News obsession. Barr previously held the same position during the George H.W. Bush administration in the 1990s.

Nauert's appointment would realign power dynamics within the President's national security team, as the ambassadorship would likely be downgraded from the Cabinet level post Haley had insisted on. She has been chief spokeswoman for the State Department since April a year ago, a role for which she was poached from Fox.

Nauert covered domestic and global stories as an ABC News correspondent from 2005 to 2007 prior to joining Fox.

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