Haley: U.S. would have 'totally' gone to war with NK

09 December, 2018, 04:07 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Heather Nauert

Nauert, a former Fox News host with no foreign policy experience, has something in common with many of her peers in the Trump administration: a history of spreading anti-Muslim and Islamophobic comments.

In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the global agency than outspoken current ambassador Nikki Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials.

He told reporters at the White House that she is 'very talented, very smart, very quick.

She has been in her current role as spokeswoman for the US State Department since April 2017.

To take over the Cabinet role, Nauert will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Nauert will face a full plate at the United Nations, with Iran and North Korea and other issues dominating the US agenda there.

He noted that Nauert has worked at the State Department for almost two years, and she has been involved in key meetings and discussions, including working very closely with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"She's done a great job working with Mike Pompeo and others over at the state department". I think about sleeping in. I do. She also may write another book.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration".

At the time, the tensions sparked fears the back-and-forth could trigger a war with North Korea after it tested missiles and nuclear weapons that it claimed could hit the U.S. However, Haley claimed Trump's rhetoric boosted her negotiating power at the United Nations and enabled her to pass three Security Council strict sanctions against North Korea.

Nauert, who did not have a good relationship with Tillerson and had considered leaving the department, told associates at the time she was taken aback by the promotion offer and recommended a colleague for the job.

She spent her entire career before going to State at ABC News and Fox.

Both Trump and Pompeo have been highly critical of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions, with Pompeo noting in a Brussels speech earlier this week that "multilateralism has become viewed as an end unto itself".

"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. The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are.

Nauert has indicated a priority for her is the plight of Myanmar's Rohingya minority. And the pick for the high-profile United States policy megaphone, seems more than justified, at least at first glance.

But the Trump administration has hired its fair share of Fox News alumni, 10 so far including Nauert.

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

Nauert - a former anchor of "Fox and Friends", among the television-loving Trump's favourite shows - became the spokeswoman of the State Department with no foreign policy experience.


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