Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next United Nations ambassador

07 December, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Heather Nauert

In this 2017 photo, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington.

President Trump is set to nominate State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a senior administration official said Thursday.

She has served under two secretaries of state - Rex Tillerson and her current boss Mike Pompeo, but prior to that had little foreign policy experience.

Experience matters less to the President, an avid fan of Fox News, than Nauert's loyalty to the White House, the fact that she's a woman and her ability to be a polished proxy on television, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

The administration has also worked through the United Nations to try to find a political solution to the wars in Syria and Yemen, two issues that will confront Nauert. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president. Nauert would need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking up the role.

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

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 previous year proposed USA funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body.

Other candidates considered for the job, according to Bloomberg, were former White House adviser Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

Trump told reporters last month the former Fox News anchor was "under very serious consideration". Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC.

Israeli leaders nonetheless thanked her and feted the results as proof of wide support for Israel's position.

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