Trump Expected To Announce State Dept's Nauert As UN Ambassador Via Tweet

Heather Nauert's nomination to the UN post would need Senate approval

Heather Nauert's nomination to the UN post would need Senate approval

Heather Nauert, became the State Department's spokeswoman in April 2017.

President Trump is expected to announce Friday that he has chosen Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman and a former Fox News host, to become the next ambassador to the United Nations, a senior administration official tells NPR's Tamara Keith.

Ms Nauert is described by USA media as an "unorthodox choice" for the role due to her little experience in government or foreign policy.

Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who is resigning at the end of the year. She has been chief spokeswoman for the State Department since April past year, a role for which she was poached from Fox.

Haley similarly had little foreign policy experience when appointed, although she had a national name as the governor of SC.

Trump frequently tweets quotes from Fox News personalities and programs, knowing how popular the conservative-leaning network.

She has a degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Since mid-October, she had rarely been seen by reporters at the State Department as Palladino took the lead. She's remained somewhat controversy-free, her biggest criticism coming from a visit she took with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabi to investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

She has been touted for the post since November.

Trump has now named her as his pick to become America´s voice and face at the United Nations.

The net effect is one fewer woman in Trump's official Cabinet.

In particular, she raised eyebrows in July 2018 when she cited allied troops' storming the beaches of Normandy as evidence of strong ties between the United States and Germany, precisely on the anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Trump has been known to change course on staffing decisions in the past.

"Ms. Nauert has stood by the State of Israel in her previous positions, and I have no doubt that the cooperation between our two countries will continue to strengthen as ambassador to the UN", Israel's UN ambassador, Danny Danon, said in NY. He was sarcastically suggesting Fox News personalities drove Trump to select her.

Asked about Israel's plans to demolish the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, in spite of protests from the European Union and USA lawmakers, Nauert framed the issue as an Israeli legal matter, referring the reporter who posed the question to the Israeli government.

When Nauert's name came up last month as a potential replacement for Haley, Trump praised her.

"He will be nominated for the United States attorney general and hopefully that process will go very quickly", Trump added.

"We need more than a smooth spokesperson".

"The personal dimension is pretty important and you're dealing with some pretty tough customers, the Russians in particular", said Gowan.

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