Trump said set to nominate State Department spokesperson Nauert as UN envoy
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Trump said set to nominate State Department spokesperson Nauert as UN envoy

Former Fox News anchor would come to job with little diplomatic experience, much like outgoing Nikki Haley; Trump reportedly to tweet announcement Friday

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, August 9, 2017.  (AP/Alex Brandon)
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, August 9, 2017. (AP/Alex Brandon)

The Trump administration will reportedly nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations next month.

Nauert, who came to the State Department from Fox News, was chosen after US President Donald Trump considered a number of other candidates, according to Bloomberg News Thursday night, citing sources in the administration.

Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning, according to Fox News. Nauert would need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking up the role.

Nauert joined the administration in 2017 after several years as an anchor on Fox News, and has quickly moved up the ranks, joining Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s inner circle, according to Bloomberg.

She is also seen as close to Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Current ambassador Nikki Haley announced in October she would leave the post at the end of 2018. Like Haley, a former South Carolina governor, Nauert would come to the job with little experience in diplomacy.

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 UN, a body often seen as hostile to Israel.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, left, speaks to Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon before a Security Council meeting on the situation on the Gaza border, Friday, June 1, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

The announcement would come hours after a resolution championed by Haley condemning the Hamas terror group failed to pass in the General Assembly. The measure won a large majority, but not enough to secure the two-thirds needed for it to pass.

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

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be “taking names” of countries that oppose Trump’s foreign policy, particularly regarding Israel.

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

“She would like to go out with something,” said a Security Council diplomat of the US-drafted resolution.

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are non-binding, but they carry political weight and are seen as a barometer of world opinion.

Following the vote, Nauert retweeted a comment by US special envoy Jason Greenblatt condemning the world body’s inability to pass the measure, but did not publicly comment herself.

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.

AFP contributed to this report.

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