Trump to Name Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

Trump to Name Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

President Trump has chosen Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as USA ambassador to the United Nations, three sources with knowledge of the decision told CBS News.

During Pompeo's tenure, she has been able to travel on official trips - something Tillerson blocked her from doing - and rose to temporarily hold the position of acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Now, she is poised to serve as the United States' permanent representative to the UN's 193 member nations. Like Haley, a former SC governor, Nauert would come to the job with little experience in diplomacy.

Two administration officials also confirmed Trump's plans to the Associated Press.

Trump is expected to tweet out announcement naming Nauert as next United Nations ambassador.

In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the worldwide agency than outspoken current ambassador Nikki Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials.

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.

Heather Nauert, a former anchor and correspondent at Fox News Channel, joined the State Department as spokeswoman in April 2017.




That means Nauert would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the United Nations and within the administration, and as a result, would pose nowhere near the challenge to national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly or Pompeo.

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.

He pulled the United States out of the UN human rights body in September, citing bias towards Israel, and his administration has cut funding for the UN refugee agency and a year ago proposed U.S. funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body.

Nauert joined the State Department a year ago after a career as a television anchor and correspondent at Fox News.

Haley similarly had little foreign policy experience when appointed, although she had a national name as the governor of SC.

"If Nauert is nominated and approved, people will be interested to see whether she's willing and able to do the diplomatic toil or whether she will see this as an extension of the spokesman position and focus more on presentation of USA position before the Security Council", said Gowan.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration". Haley rallied global support for tougher measures in 2017, when Pyongyang ramped up its ballistic missile and weapons test, but there has been increasing pressure to ease up on the restrictions following Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un in June.

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