Trump to pick State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert as United Nations envoy

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Following the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, reports indicate that U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as her replacement.

In addition to that role, Ms Nauert was appointed acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in March this year.

Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a "leading contender" for the position, sources familiar with the selection process said at the time.

"She would like to go out with something", said a Security Council diplomat of the US-drafted resolution. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations. At the time, she described her time in the position as a "blessing", but offered no reason for leaving except a belief that government officials must know "when it's time to step aside".

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Nauert, who earlier this year had been considered a possible successor to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, gained experience on diplomacy by working at the State Department, but she lacks the political and policy credentials of Haley, a former SC governor.

Nauert joined the State Department past year after a career as a television anchor and correspondent at Fox News.

United Nations diplomats say that behind the scenes negotiations are central to an ambassador's job, and that presentation skills are also important. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. More details will be added as they become available.

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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.

There is some relief at the United Nations that Trump did not pick another name on his short list of candidates: Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, is a close ally of Bolton's, having served as USA spokesman at the United Nations while Bolton was ambassador there.

In the end, though, it might not matter who is ambassador, Gowan said.

She has been the front runner for the United Nations post for some weeks and last month President Trump said she was under "under very serious consideration".

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