Heather Nauert 'to replace Nikki Haley as USA envoy to UN'

Minnie Murray
December 7, 2018

Nauert would replace Haley, who announced in October that she would be departing her position as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations at the close of 2018.

She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017.

While Nauert struggled during the tenure of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - so ostracized from his inner circle that she considered quitting - she could now bring to the United Nations close ties to the White House and a good working relationship with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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. Trump is one of the show's biggest fans, and he often finds inspiration in the hosts' remarks as topics for his morning tweets. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

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

The nomination was first reported by Bloomberg News.

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Trump has been known to change course on staffing decisions in the past. On October 9, Trump announced Haley had submitted her resignation and planned to leave the administration at the end of the year.

That role gave her responsibilities far beyond the news conferences she held in the State Department briefing room.

It was unclear whether the United Nations ambassador post would remain part of the Cabinet, as it has been under Ms Haley, and there have been internal discussions about not having it remain a Cabinet-level position, one White House official said.

Trump told reporters last month the former Fox News anchor was "under very serious consideration". All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs.

The president picked Nauert after considering other potential nominees including former White House aide Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.


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