Donald Trump says he will nominate former reporter to UN role
Heather Nauert is spokeswoman at the State Department and formerly worked for Fox News Channel.
President Donald Trump has said he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.
Mr Trump describes Ms Nauert to reporters as “very talented” and “very smart”.
I am pleased to announce that Heather Nauert, Spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, will be nominated to serve as United Nations Ambassador. I want to congratulate Heather, and thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for her great service to our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
Ms Nauert is to replace Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who announced in October that she would step down as ambassador at the end of this year.
Ms Nauert is a former Fox News Channel reporter who had little foreign policy experience before becoming State Department spokeswoman.
If confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Mr Trump’s foreign policy.
Mr Trump made the announcement to reporters Friday as he departed the White House for a trip to Kansas City.
Plucked from Fox by the White House to serve as State Department spokeswoman, Ms Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency’s hierarchy when Rex Tillerson was fired in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo.
Ms Nauert was then appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and was for a time the highest-ranking woman and fourth highest-ranking official in the building.
Ms Nauert, who did not have a good relationship with Mr Tillerson and had considered leaving the department, told associates at the time she was taken aback by the promotion offer and recommended a colleague for the job.
But when White House officials told her they wanted her, she accepted.