Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador

Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador

Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is set to be the next USA ambassador to the United Nations, according to U.S. media reports.

If confirmed, Nauert, 48, would succeed Nikki Haley, who said in October she would be leaving the United Nations post at the end of the year. Nauert was then appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and was for a time the highest-ranking woman and fourth highest-ranking official in the building.

A former news reporter for ABC, she joined Fox in 1996, originally as a correspondent and later as a co-host for Fox and Friends.

Sources told Fox News Thursday evening that he will announce his decision in a tweet Friday.

Nauert speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dialogues with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, Oct. 18.

Trump had previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Haley, though he's been known to change course on staffing in the past. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. In her first speech as ambassador, she warned that there would be consequences against those nations that worked against the will of the U.S.at the global organization.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in US diplomacy.

Shut out from the top by Tillerson and his inner circle, Nauert developed relationships with career diplomats. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year.

While Haley consistently maintained overt antagonism toward Russia in the United Nations, it's unlikely to get any better with Nauert, the speaker that brought us "Russia has long arms, Russia has lots of tentacles" in regard to the Skripal case, and once refused to answer a reporter's question because she was Russian saying: "Russian?"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration".

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