Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next United Nations ambassador

Trump to name Heather Nauert as next U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

Trump to name Heather Nauert as next U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be his new ambassador to the United Nations, positioning a relatively inexperienced newcomer in one of the most high-profile positions in U.S. diplomacy, according to an administration official and a second source.

While the senator acknowledged that Nauert does have State Department experience, he pointed out that "she has no experience as a diplomat", also arguing that she beings to the table "no meaningful experience in the government".

The State Department declined to comment on the report.

Experience matters less to the President, an avid fan of Fox News, than Nauert's loyalty to the White House, the fact that she's a woman and her ability to be a polished proxy on television, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

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Fox News said Mr Trump would tweet about the appointment on Friday morning, while Bloomberg said it had been told of the decision to appoint Ms Nauert by three sources. She would assume the position at a time when the United Nations is dealing with such issues as the North Korea nuclear deal, the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and climate change.

Trump has previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down at the end of this year. In her first speech as ambassador, she warned that there would be consequences against those nations that worked against the will of the U.S.at the global organization. Since mid-October, she had rarely been seen by reporters at the State Department as Palladino took the lead.

Her appointment to the United Nations role would have to be approved by the US Senate. 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.

The president considered Nauert for the position among a list of potential nominees that included former White House aide Dina Powell and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar past year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped.

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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