Trump to Pick State Department Spokeswoman for UN Ambassador

07 December, 2018, 10:21 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina and her husband Michael Haley at the Golden Temple the holiest of Sikh shrines in Amritsar India

Ms Nauert started her career as a reporter for CBS News, before co-hosting Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends", of which President Trump is known to be a frequent viewer.

Donald Trump has chose to name the state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with his decision told Reuters.

She had served as the State Department spokesman and was promoted in March to acting under secretary of state for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

If she wins Senate confirmation, Nauert will face a broad agenda at the United Nations topped by the need to maintain global sanctions on North Korea.

Haley surprised White House officials in October when she said she would resign by the end of year, citing the need for a break after two terms as governor and two years at the UN.

If her appointment is confirmed she will replace Ms Haley, who had held the role since November 2016.

He added: "She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time, really - excellent".

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley celebrates after winning re-election

Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

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

She will face a variety of challenges if confirmed for the job, including championing USA efforts to contain Iran's influence in the Middle East and ensuring the global body maintains tough sanctions on North Korea as Washington tries to negotiate an end to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Under her tenure, the United States pulled out of UNESCO and the Human Rights Council. If Nauert is confirmed for the job, it would cap a precipitous rise in diplomacy in less than two years.

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

Trump is reportedly weighing other staff changes before the end of the year, including replacing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

"With Pompeo more firmly in control and Bolton focused on his anti-multilateral agenda, there's a sense the USA ambassador will have less clout", Gowan said. "Grenell is known to be hard to work with".

However, Ms Haley insists she remains supportive of Trump and will back his reelection campaign in 2020.


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