Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Nauert to Become Next UN Ambassador

Nauert to Become Next UN Ambassador

US President Donald Trump is reportedly about to announce his new United Nations ambassador - a former Fox News host with no policymaking experience.

If confirmed by the Senate, she would take over from outgoing ambassador Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October without offering details on why. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience.

The nomination was first reported by Bloomberg News.

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.

The State Department declined to comment on the report.

Nauert speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dialogues with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, Oct. 18. Nauert was then appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and was for a time the highest-ranking woman and fourth highest-ranking official in the building.

She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017. But when White House officials told her they wanted her, she accepted. She was previously a network correspondent for ABC News.

It was unclear whether the United Nations ambassador post would remain part of the Cabinet, as it has been under Ms Haley, and there have been internal discussions about not having it remain a Cabinet-level position, one White House official said. She was in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others, and she has a seat on the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees government broadcast networks such as Voice of America.

Nauert, 48, is an unorthodox choice for the United Nations role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April 2017 after several years as an anchor and correspondent for Fox News, including on the "Fox and Friends" show watched by Trump. She met with Trump at the end of October, fueling speculation that she had emerged as the president's top choice for the role. All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs.

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