Trump Picks State Department's Heather Nauert as Next UN Ambassador

Marsha Scott
December 8, 2018

He had previously named John Bolton, a former United Nations ambassador who was a Fox contributor, as his national security adviser and Bill Shine, a former Fox co-president as his deputy White House chief of staff in charge of communications, the newspaper reported.

Democratic senators likely will resist her nomination, but lack the votes to block it. Nauert won't be going to NY to shape America's foreign policy.

Haley announced in October she would be leaving the job by the end of the year.

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News anchor, joined the State Department in April 2017.

As a Fox News host, Nauert once declared that she would buy Trump's daughter Ivanka's products after the chain of luxury department stores Nordstrom announced that it was closing down the line.

Nauert covered domestic and global stories as an ABC News correspondent from 2005 to 2007 prior to joining Fox.

Nauert did not bring with her the depth of foreign policy experience of some of her predecessors, many of whom were veteran Foreign Service officers who spent their careers immersed in the intricacies of diplomacy and foreign affairs. "It is less clear that she has the experience to hammer out hard deals with China and Russian Federation over problems like Iran and North Korea", United Nations University fellow Richard Gowan told Bloomberg.

If confirmed by the Senate, the former Fox News anchor would replace Nikki Haley.

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FILE - State Deptartment spokesperson Heather Nauert, left, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, Oct. 18, 2018.

CNN further reports that some top administration officials want to "downgrade" the United Nations ambassadorship from a Cabinet position. I think about sleeping in. I do.

He added that colleagues described Nauert as a quick learner who "executed her functions capably". She will learn the brief. Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the UN, may want a more junior person in the role so as to de-emphasize the importance of the relationship between the United States and the United Nations. It's more a matter of the personal clout of the person holding the position, vis-à-vis the nominal figures directing US foreign policy like the secretary of State and the president's national security adviser - the two people Jonathan Swan cites as insisting on Nauert's non-Cabinet rank.

"Heather Nauert is not going to be a big-time player in the deliberations on substance in the administration", he said.

"But I don't agree with the president on everything". And the pick for the high-profile United States policy megaphone, seems more than justified, at least at first glance.

In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the worldwide agency than outspoken current ambassador Nikki Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials.

Trump's decision was first reported by Bloomberg News and if confirmed Nauert is likely face a "tough" Senate confirmation hearing. Aides on the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees - which would take up the ambassador and attorney general nominations, respectively - said Friday that neither committee will hold confirmation hearings this year, given the limited time left before a new Senate takes over on January 3.

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