Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador

Trump to name Heather Nauert as UN ambassador tomorrow, reports say

The bottom line is that as a two-term governor and national celebrity Nikki Haley was in a position to insist on a seat at the Cabinet table with Trump, and the neophyte Nauert isn't, which probably helps explain why her State Department boss Pompeo was promoting her candidacy for the gig from the get-go.

On the United Nations front, Ms. Nauert, 48, will replace Nikki Haley at the United Nations, who will resign at the end of this year.

Trump also said he would make a personnel announcement concerning the Pentagon on Saturday, telling reporters outside the White House, "It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the succession".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Nauert needs a simple majority to be named the ambassador and will be questioned by Democrats in the Senate.

She would be taking the position amid a roster of thorny global challenges, ranging from North Korea's nuclear program to Yemen's starvation and the growing divide between the U.S. and its closest allies over the Iran nuclear deal, climate change and other issues.

Plucked from Fox by the White House to serve as State Department spokeswoman, Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency's hierarchy when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo. 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. I think about sleeping in. I do.

He added that colleagues described Nauert as a quick learner who "executed her functions capably".

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At the State Department, Nauert scaled back what had previously been daily news conferences in previous administrations, sometimes making them just once-a-week events. In turn, these played a role in weakening North Korea's weapons program, and persuading Kim Jong Un to take part in negotiations, she said. It's likely that she'll also be asked to answer for the Trump administration's scorn for global bodies, including the UN, Bloomberg News reported.

Nauert was camera-ready when she came to the State Department in April 2017, having worked at ABC and Fox.

If she is confirmed to the United Nations ambassador post, Nauert would bring little diplomatic experience to a highly visible worldwide role. The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are.

"I worry that we will grow ever more isolated on this, the most important of world stages", he said.

"Nauert is a very good public operator, and should do a professional job presenting US policy at the UN", Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at the United Nations University's Center for Policy Research, said in an email.

Ms Nauert's perfectly young looks, good shape and the dazzling smile have long won her a fair bit of fame, even long before the blonde member of the Council of Foreign Relations and proud holder of a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University was readying to enter the White House in the role of State Department spokeswoman.

United Nations diplomats say that behind the scenes negotiations are central to an ambassador's job, and that presentation skills are also important.

Nauert would succeed Haley, a former SC governor who also had little experience in world affairs before she took the job.

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