Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador

07 December, 2018, 10:22 | Author: Carlos George
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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.

Ms Nauert started her career as a reporter for CBS News, before co-hosting Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends", of which President Trump is known to be a frequent viewer.

"She's excellent. She's been with us a long time", Trump said of Nauert last month.

Mr Trump will make the announcement in the coming hours that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will take up the plum role, Bloomberg reported, citing three sources.

Despite Nauert's TV savvy, however, current and former colleagues wonder if she will be prepared or equipped to navigate the gritty behind the scenes work of United Nations negotiations.

She will face a variety of challenges if confirmed for the job, including championing US efforts to contain Iran's influence in the Middle East and ensuring the global body maintains tough sanctions on North Korea as Washington tries to negotiate an end to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. But she did not agree with Trump on some issues, including Russian Federation sanctions and the significance of the world body itself.

Trump's choice of new United Nations envoy seems to contradict every mainstream story of his supposed ties to Moscow. "People don't know very much about her", said Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at the UN University. Under her tenure, the U.S. pulled out of UNESCO and the Human Rights Council.

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The Illinois native would follow in the footsteps of Haley, a former governor of South Carolina; Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize victor; Susan Rice, a Rhodes Scholar; and former National Security Council and national security officials such as Madeleine Albright.

Ms Haley has served almost two years in the post.

She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017.

"No one wants to prejudge how Nauert will perform", he adds, noting that "she'll be working with a pretty professional team and if Nauert is willing to trust the diplomats, they will have her back".

Nauert, 48, has been touted for the post since November. "Grenell is known to be hard to work with".

She has been the front runner for the United Nations post for some weeks and last month President Trump said she was under "under very serious consideration".

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