Trump to nominate State Department’s Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador

Trump to name Heather Nauert as next U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as USA ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with his decision said on Thursday, tapping someone with no prior policy or political experience to deal with some of the world's thorniest issues.

Sources told Fox News Thursday evening that he will announce his decision in a tweet Friday. Trump had a fractious relationship with Nauert's first boss, the former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, but continued to hold a favorable view of the state department's top spokeswoman.

Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans.

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".

Nauert joined the State Department past year after a career as a television anchor and correspondent at Fox News. She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017.

Trump will send a tweet on Friday morning about choosing Nauert to replace the outgoing United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October, Fox News reported, citing multiple sources.

She is also seen as close to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Ahead of the vote, the USA ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

Nauert, whose nomination would require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or worldwide relations. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts.

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

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