Trump Names State Department's Spokesperson Nauert as UN Ambassador

Saul Bowman
December 8, 2018

President Trump is set to nominate State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a senior administration official said Thursday. Nauert's job as spokeswoman at State is "to read talking points and explain policy", McFaul tweeted.

Haley is a powerful presence in the administration and won Cabinet-level status despite officially reporting to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A key question with Nauert, 48, will be whether the president keeps the United Nations envoy job as a cabinet-level position, or downgrades it to report through Pompeo, as other administrations have sometimes done.

In her new role, Nauert would be responsible for maintaining global support for economic sanctions against North Korea and continuing the Trump administration's unflinching support for Israel in the face of mounting scrutiny at the United Nations.

Nauert has not been the first person from Fox News to be appointed in the Trump administration.

"She's very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she's going to be respected by all", Trump said.

The president said Nauert is "somebody that we know very well" and "has done a great job" as the State Department's press secretary. Further, she will confront a stream of anti-U.S. and anti-Israel rhetoric at the world body - something Haley constantly pushed back against during her tenure.


If she gets confirmed, it is unclear if Trump will plan to keep the United Nations ambassador as a Cabinet position, a status that would give Nauret more influence in the administration.

Ms Nauert worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005 and, after two years away during which she worked for ABC, she returned to Fox in 2007, later becoming a presenter for Fox & Friends. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or worldwide relations. In a speech in Brussels this week, Pompeo made his doubts about the organization clear, asking, "Does it continue to serve its mission faithfully?"

"Pine Manor College is, and has always been, a community focused on student success - we call it Educating with goal", said college spokesman Efrat Zinnar-Shavit.

Three people familiar with President Trump's decision to name Nauert confirmed the pick, according to the report.

"Haley lost a degree of autonomy when John Bolton became the national security adviser, because he had strong views about the U.N", said Stephen Pomper of the Crisis Group, an organization that works to prevent wars.

Heritage Foundation fellow Brett Schaefer said Nauert has proven she has the ability to explain and defend USA foreign policy, the core requirement for being a US ambassador to the world body. She also previously worked as a health insurance consultant in Washington, according to her State bio.

Originally from Wisconsin, she attended Mount Vernon College, a now-defunct all-women´s school in Washington, before graduating from the elite Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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