Trump to Name State Department's Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

07 December, 2018, 10:24 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert is expected to be President Donald Trump's nominee for the United States ambassador to the United Nations, according to media reports.

In 2011, Haley took over as the governor of SC after having served three terms in the state House of Representatives.

Bloomberg said Ms Nauert would be an unorthodox choice, given the little experience she had in government or foreign policy before she took up the role at the state department. Trump is expected to announce the nomination on Friday.

Trump told reporters last month that Nauert was "excellent", adding, "She's been a supporter for a long time". Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC.

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.

Current ambassador Nikki Haley announced in October she would leave the post at the end of 2018.

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Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

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

Still, with Trump, no staffing decision is final until he makes the formal announcement, since he has been known to change course in the past. Nauert would need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking up the role. Trump is a regular viewer and one time guest of the show, and Nauert herself has developed a close relationship with Trump's daughter Ivanka.

If she wins Senate confirmation, Nauert will face a broad agenda at the United Nations topped by the need to maintain worldwide sanctions on North Korea.

Trump had reportedly also been considering ex-White House aide Dina Powell, US Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, and US Canada Ambassador Kelly Croft for the job.

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