Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Trump picks former Fox News host as new 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 Trump to name Heather Nauert as next U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
| 07 December, 2018, 08:07

Nauert is now the spokeswoman for the State Department.

Sources are indicating US President Donald Trump has made the previously-hinted-at decision to replace retiring United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley with foreign-policy newcomer Heather Nauert.

The State Department declined to comment on the report.

Numerous reports in the United States media - the first of which appeared in Bloomberg news - said Nauert would be nominated Friday, citing sources close to the matter.

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be "taking names" of countries that oppose Trump's foreign policy, particularly regarding Israel.

Trump will send a tweet on Friday morning about choosing Nauert to replace the outgoing United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October, Fox News reported, citing multiple sources.

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. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley celebrates after winning re-election
Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

If her appointment is confirmed she will replace Ms Haley, who had held the role since November 2016. 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.

Nauert joined the State Department previous year after a career as a television anchor and correspondent at Fox News.

The Illinois native would follow in the footsteps of Haley, a former governor of South Carolina; Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize victor; Susan Rice, a Rhodes Scholar; and former National Security Council and national security officials such as Madeleine Albright.

Shut out from the top by Tillerson and his inner circle, Nauert developed relationships with career diplomats.

"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".

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.


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