Trump to name Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador tomorrow, reports say


President Trump has chosen State Department official Heather Nauert to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a report said on Thursday.

She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017.

Trump had a fractious relationship with Nauert's first boss, the former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, but continued to hold a favorable view of the state department's top spokeswoman.

If successful Ms Nauert will replace Nikki Haley who announced her resignation at the end of October. Trump is one of the show's biggest fans, and he often finds inspiration in the hosts' remarks as topics for his morning tweets. Trump is expected to announce the nomination on Friday.

Nauert also now serves as the acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department.

"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.

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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.

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.

Two administration officials also confirmed Trump's plans to the Associated Press. She was previously a network correspondent for ABC News. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts.

ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the United Nations job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.

The president picked Nauert after considering other potential nominees including former White House aide Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.