Trump to Nominate State Department Spokeswoman as New US Envoy to UN

Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

US President Donald Trump has chose to name State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with his decision said on Thursday.

Nauert did not respond to requests for comment. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

Before this, she worked as an ABC News correspondent and as an anchor on the Fox News program, Fox and Friends. But she has said she would not be running for the top job in 2020, when Trump plans to run for a second term. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

If successful Ms Nauert will replace Nikki Haley who announced her resignation at the end of October.

"She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time", he said at the time. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts.

That means Nauert would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the United Nations and within the administration, and as a result, would pose nowhere near the challenge to national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly or Pompeo.

Nauert speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dialogues with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, Oct. 18.

When Trump named her as his to become ambassador to the United Nations, it came as a surprise to many.

Nauert would take up the US mantle at the United Nations including holding sanctions on North Korea and defending Israel.

A key question with Nauert will be whether the president keeps the United Nations envoy job as a Cabinet-level position, or downgrades it to report through Pompeo, as other administrations have sometimes done.

Trump had reportedly also been considering ex-White House aide Dina Powell, US Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, and US Canada Ambassador Kelly Croft for the job.

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