Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina and her husband Michael Haley at the Golden Temple the holiest of Sikh shrines in Amritsar India

Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina and her husband Michael Haley at the Golden Temple the holiest of Sikh shrines in Amritsar India

Heather 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 Ms Haley, who is a former governor of SC.

President Trump will reportedly announce State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as his pick to succeed Nikki Haley in the role of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

She has served under two secretaries of state - Rex Tillerson and her current boss Mike Pompeo - and was designated acting under-secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs from March to October 2018.

Requests for comment to the state department and the White House were not immediately returned.

It was reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley celebrates after winning re-election

Nuart was brought on to the administration after providing commentary on "Fox and Friends" on what appears to be Trump's favorite cable news network.

She would replace Nikki Haley, who announced that she was resigning in October. Nauert would need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking up the role.

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News anchor, joined the State Department in April 2017. She was in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others, and she has a seat on the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees government broadcast networks such as Voice of America. Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC.

The president considered Nauert for the position among a list of potential nominees that included former White House aide Dina Powell and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. Haley rallied global support for tougher measures in 2017, when Pyongyang ramped up its ballistic missile and weapons test, but there has been increasing pressure to ease up on the restrictions following Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un in June.

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