Trump nominates ex-Fox News anchor Nauert as United Nations envoy


Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who is resigning at the end of the year.

After Trump was inaugurated as president in January 2017, Nauert became - with no experience in government, foreign policy or politics - the spokeswoman at the State Department.

Plucked from Fox to be the State Department's public face, Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency's hierarchy when Rex Tillerson was sacked in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo.

"If Nauert is nominated and approved, people will be interested to see whether she's willing and able to do the diplomatic toil or whether she will see this as an extension of the spokesman position and focus more on presentation of United States position before the Security Council", said Gowan.

In one of her recent tweets, Nauert reflected a tough stance against Russian Federation saying: "Ten days since Russian Federation attacked Ukrainian ships and detained 24 personnel in the Black Sea".

Asked whether the US was ever truly poised to attack North Korea, Haley told The Atlantic: "No".

Trump's nominee to be the next USA ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert.

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He said United States influence is at a "low ebb", partly because of the absence of empowered ambassadors under Trump. "But, I think it [the US ambassador job] is not going to be what it was under Nikki Haley, which was a serious competitor under a vacuum at the NSC [National Security Council] and at the State Department under [former Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson".

Nauert needs a simple majority to be named the ambassador and will be questioned by Democrats in the Senate.

Miller, who advised several secretaries of state under Republican and Democratic administrations, said Haley took advantage of the "empty space" created by media-averse former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to stake out positions on a whole range of foreign policy issues, and that is not likely to be the case with Nauert. Trump was also impressed with her performance at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina last week, according to two people familiar with the matter. She worked as a breaking news anchor for "Fox & Friends".

Like Haley, a former SC governor, Nauert would come to the job with little experience in diplomacy.

She also shocked journalists when being quizzed about what the Trump administration was doing to help end the civil war in Syria by saying: "I don't know what some of you expect us to do".

Nauert had little foreign policy experience before taking the podium as spokeswoman for the State Department.

She'll also take up the administration's efforts to defend Israel at the United Nations and counter what Haley called the organization's bias against the Jewish state. The president, who puts a premium on loyalty, earlier hailed Nauert as "a supporter for a long time - really, excellent".

"For better or worse, the administration's United Nations policy is pretty established at this point, and there's no reason to expect that Nauert will deviate from the "America First" course that Haley, Bolton, and Pompeo have set". "The more bureaucrats we have, the better the job gets done".