Trump to Name State Department's Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2018

President Donald Trump has chosen a successor to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and they're a former Fox News anchor.

Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a "leading contender" for the position, sources familiar with the selection process said at the time.

After Haley announced that she'd be stepping down this past October, several outlets reported that Nauert was expected to be shortlisted for the role. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

Perhaps feeling some affinity for another TV star with limited political experience, Bloomberg claims that Trump will chose ex-Fox & Friends star Heather Nauert as the US' next ambassador to the United Nations.

A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in USA diplomacy. Nauert was then appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and was for a time the highest-ranking woman and fourth highest-ranking official in the building. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or worldwide relations. Nauert is now the spokeswoman for the State Department.

"She is clearly not qualified for this job, but these days it seems that the most important qualification is that you show up on Donald Trump's TV screen, and if you're successful in that endeavor, then you seem to be a top candidate to get a whole bunch of top positions in the USA government". All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs.

Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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