Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

As reports broke Thursday night that former Fox News personality Heather Nauert could be in line to assume the role of United Nations ambassador and be named by Trump as early as Friday, not everyone was pleased.

Nauert's nomination had been rumoured for weeks, and she had started handing over some of her responsibilities as spokeswoman to her deputy, Robert Palladino.

Ahead of the vote, the U.S. ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News presenter, has been spokeswomen for the US Department of Defence since past year.

She will take over from Nikki Haley who announced her resignation in October.

Ms Nauert, 48, a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor as well as a mother, does not have prior political or policymaking experience. Trump is one of the show's biggest fans, and he often finds inspiration in the hosts' remarks as topics for his morning tweets. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.

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In addition to that role, Ms Nauert was appointed acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in March this year.

Ms Nauert worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005 and, after two years away during which she worked for ABC, she returned to Fox in 2007, later becoming a presenter for Fox & Friends.

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.

Trump is reportedly weighing other staff changes before the end of the year, including replacing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in US diplomacy. She met with Trump at the end of October, fueling speculation that she had emerged as the president's top choice for the role.

Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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