Heather Nauert tipped for US UN post

Heather Nauert tipped for US UN post

Heather Nauert tipped for US UN post

Ms Nauert, 48, a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor as well as a mother, does not have prior political or policymaking experience.

President Donald Trump has chose to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace departing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to three people familiar with the decision. Trump had already confirmed that Nauert was a "very serious consideration" in early November.

If successful Ms Nauert will replace Nikki Haley who announced her resignation at the end of October.

She'll also take up the administration's efforts to defend Israel at the United Nations and counter what Haley called the organization's bias against the Jewish state.

"She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time", he said at the time.

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert.

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Ms Nauert is described by United States media as an "unorthodox choice" for the role due to her little experience in government or foreign policy. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

The president is weighing a number of other end-of-year staff changes, including replacing Chief of Staff John Kelly, two of Trump's advisers said on Thursday. Among other roles at Fox, Nauert reported on the morning news show "Fox and Friends".

The 46-year-old former SC governor - one of the few women in the Trump cabinet - gave no reason for leaving, but dismissed speculation she was planning to run for president in 2020. She would assume the position at a time when the United Nations is dealing with such issues as the North Korea nuclear deal, the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and climate change.

The president considered Nauert for the position among a list of potential nominees that included former White House aide Dina Powell and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.

However, Ms Haley insists she remains supportive of Trump and will back his reelection campaign in 2020.

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