President Trump will reportedly announce State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as his pick to succeed Nikki Haley in the role of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Trump had already confirmed that Nauert was a "very serious consideration" in early November.
Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a "leading contender" for the position, sources familiar with the selection process said at the time.
Nauert would replace current ambassador Nikki Haley, who plans to leave her post at the end of the year, according to Bloomberg News. Now, she is poised to serve as the United States' permanent representative to the UN's 193 member nations.
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.
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Nauert's foreign policy experience is limited to her year-and-a-half tenure as State Department Spokesperson, plus half a year as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, plus one-episode cameo in Fox's foreign-policy drama "24" which is all about global diplomatic crises.
"She's excellent. She's been with us a long time", Trump said of Nauert last month.
Bloomberg also reported Thursday that President Trump had chosen Nauert for the role. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.
Nauert has kept close ties to the West Wing and is seen by the president as more inclined to defend him on the job. Trump had a fractious relationship with Nauert's first boss, the former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, but continued to hold a favorable view of the state department's top spokeswoman.