Trump has found a replacement for UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

Trump has found a replacement for UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

Trump has found a replacement for UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, two White House officials have said.

Requests for comment to the state department and the White House were not immediately returned.

Bloomberg said Ms Nauert would be an unorthodox choice, given the little experience she had in government or foreign policy before she took up the role at the state department. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

Ms Nauert, whose nomination would require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor.

"She's excellent. She's been with us a long time", Trump said of Nauert last month.

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News presenter, has been spokeswomen for the US Department of Defence since previous year.


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

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

Having the direct support of the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could buttress her image, however, among global diplomats at the United Nations, who have bristled at Trump's "America First" foreign policy.

Haley has held the post since the beginning of Trump's administration and said she would stay in the job through the end of the year.

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

Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Among other roles at Fox, Nauert reported on the morning news show "Fox and Friends". "What we've really discovered over the last two years is that even when you have a relatively mainstream, relatively collegial, relatively influential ambassador to the United Nations like Haley, that only buys you a limited degree of protection from a president like Trump".

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