Washington's incoming United Nations ambassador sign of declining diplomatic clout

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2018

Fast forward two years and there are no such howls from Republicans as Trump drives foreign policy from the White House and his Twitter account, leaving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - and likely, soon Nauert - to try to make his public declarations into policy.

Trump made the announcement to reporters Friday as he departed the White House for a trip to Kansas City.

On the other hand, while mostly toeing the administration's line at the state department lectern, she has spoken out strongly in support of journalism, at a time the president has referred to the press as the "enemy of the people", and called for accountability for the massacre of Rohingya civilians by Burmese forces while the administration dithered over whether to call the mass killings a genocide.

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

"She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time", Trump told reporters on November 1.


The Washinton Post also quoted former state department official Brett Bruen as saying, "While Haley didn't bring foreign policy experience, she ran a state".

As a New York-based anchor and correspondent at the Fox News Channel, Nauert oversaw breaking news, anchored programs, covered global and domestic crises and interviewed senior elected and military officials.

President Donald Trump says he'll nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-urt) to be the next USA ambassador to the United Nations.

"If I were the State Department's spokesperson, on an official trip to learn more about the dark, dubious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a USA resident, I probably would have skipped the tourist-in-Riyadh photos". She had also previously acted in two American television series - Brother's Keeper and 24.

In particular, she raised eyebrows in July 2018 when she cited allied troops' storming the beaches of Normandy as evidence of strong ties between the United States and Germany, precisely on the anniversary of the D-Day invasion.


The contrast between Haley and Nauert's respective credentials and diplomatic experience couldn't be more stark.

Without elaborating on the topics, she added, "For the most part he's been very willing to listen and very willing to come around". The president both denies watching hours of Fox and other networks each day and says publicly that he "watches all the shows".

However, Haley admitted she and the president "agree on most things", but "there are certainly things that we don't agree on". "We need a seasoned, steady and strong voice who understands the subtleties of multinational diplomacy", he said.

If Ms Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

She does, however, have something in common with Bolton. The role of ambassador to the United Nations does not always have Cabinet level.


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