Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump expected to pick Heather Nauert as United States ambassador to UN

Trump expected to pick Heather Nauert as United States ambassador to UN

It is not yet clear who would take over her role as State Department Spokesperson.

He also said he would nominate Heather Nauert as USA ambassador to the United Nations, saying the State Department spokeswoman, a relative novice on foreign policy, is "very talented, very smart, very quick".

"I do think what was particularly important to Bolton and to Pompeo was to have someone who was not going to be an independent actor or a power centre all by herself", Benjamin told MEE.

She now serves as the acting under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Before joining the Trump administration, she had no government or foreign policy experience, though she did work on some overseas assignments for ABC, including in Baghdad.

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Before Nauert's name rose to the top of Trump's list, these prominent names also surfaced: White House aide Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, former U.S. Senate candidate John James of MI and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.

Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president.

He expressed hope that she will continue to be a "bridge between Washington and the United Nations at a time when we more than ever need an America that is engaged with the United Nations in world affairs and committed to our shared values, beginning with human rights". "I'm not sure anyone would advise him that the way to solve all his problems is to put a "Fox & Friends" anchor as our top ambassador to the United Nations".

"Nauert is a very good public operator, and should do a professional job presenting US policy at the UN", Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at the United Nations University's Center for Policy Research, said in the Bloomberg report. But noting Nauert's background as a spokeswoman, she added, "It's not a role for merely reading talking points".

Trump is downgrading the ambassador's position to a sub-Cabinet-level post. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas U.S. embassies, consulates and other posts.

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However Ms Haley has made no secret of the fact that she has had policy disagreements with Mr Trump. Nauert's performance as acting undersecretary of state was notable for its lack of accomplishments or even attention to the job. But she has no experience as a diplomat, she has no meaningful experience in government. Formerly a Fox News anchor, she came to the administration in 2017.

In her role, Nauert oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas US embassies, consulates and other posts.

"Those days are definitely behind us, especially since Pompeo and Bolton joined", Pradhan said.

Nonetheless, during her two-year stint, Haley became a darling of the Trump administration and the pro-Israel community for her vociferous defense of the Jewish state at the United Nations, a body often seen as hostile to Israel.

Here are the top facts that could provide an exhaustive look at the United States president's pick for the top UN role, largely seen as a stepping stone to assuming more senior roles in government.

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