Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump to name Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador tomorrow, reports say

Trump to name Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador tomorrow, reports say

President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said Thursday.

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.

Fox News said Mr Trump would tweet about the appointment on Friday morning, while Bloomberg said it had been told of the decision to appoint Ms Nauert by three sources.

"I expect to continue to speak out from time to time on important public policy matters, but I will surely not be a candidate for any office in 2020", she said.

Nauert was camera-ready when she came to the State Department in April 2017, having worked at ABC and Fox.

Trump had already confirmed that Nauert was a "very serious consideration" in early November.

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She has served under two secretaries of state - Rex Tillerson and her current boss Mike Pompeo, but prior to that had little foreign policy experience. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations.

He pulled the United States out of the U.N. human rights body in September, citing bias toward Israel, and his administration has cut funding for the U.N. refugee agency and previous year proposed USA funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body.

Nonetheless, during her two-year stint, Haley became a darling of the Trump administration and the pro-Israel community for her vociferous defense of the Jewish state at the United Nations, a body often seen as hostile to Israel. Trump is a regular viewer and one time guest of the show, and Nauert herself has developed a close relationship with Trump's daughter Ivanka. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year.

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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