Trump to nominate State Department spokesperson Nauert as United Nations envoy


If she wins Senate confirmation, Nauert will face a broad agenda at the United Nations topped by the need to maintain worldwide sanctions on North Korea.

Nauert, 48, is an unorthodox choice for the United Nations role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April 2017 after several years as an anchor and correspondent for Fox News, including on the "Fox and Friends" show watched by Trump.

President Trump has chosen State Department official Heather Nauert to serve as the next USA ambassador to the United Nations, a report said on Thursday.

Having the direct support of the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could buttress her image, however, among global diplomats at the United Nations, who have bristled at Trump's "America First" foreign policy. She would assume the position at a time when the United Nations is dealing with such issues as the North Korea nuclear deal, the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and climate change. Formerly a Fox News anchor, sh came to the administration in 2017.

Haley surprised White House officials in October when she said she would resign by the end of year, citing the need for a break after two terms as governor and two years at the UN.

Trump has been known to change course on staffing decisions in the past.

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That role gave her responsibilities far beyond the news conferences she held in the State Department briefing room.

A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Since mid-October, she had rarely been seen by reporters at the State Department as Palladino took the lead.

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

The president picked Nauert after considering other potential nominees including former White House aide Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

"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 US government". She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations.