Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next UN ambassador

Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next UN ambassador

Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who is expected to be named as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, attended Pine Manor College from September 1988 to May 1990, the college said Friday.

"I do think what was particularly important to Bolton and to Pompeo was to have someone who was not going to be an independent actor or a power centre all by herself", Benjamin told MEE.

She would replace Nikki Haley, who was twice elected governor of SC but also lacked foreign policy experience. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

Trump to nominate William Barr, former Bush 41 attorney general, for attorney general and Heather Nauert as the United Nations ambassador. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement that Trump had made an "excellent selection", adding, "we look forward to all that she will accomplish at the U.N.as an advocate for freedom, liberty, and human rights".

"What we've really discovered over the last two years is that even when you have a relatively mainstream, relatively collegial, relatively influential ambassador to the United Nations like Haley, that only buys you a limited degree of protection from a president like Trump".

President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-urt) to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.

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If confirmed by the Senate, the former Fox News anchor would replace Nikki Haley.

Trump is downgrading the ambassador's position to a sub-Cabinet-level post. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts.

Some White House advisers were urging the president to consider another choice, believing that Ms. Nauert's lack of diplomatic experience would make Senate confirmation hard. If her much more recent experience at the State Department provides such rich fodder for critics, it portends a hard confirmation process ahead.

Trump's announcement comes just a day after the US lost a high-profile vote in the U.N. General Assembly for a resolution condemning the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

But her relationship with current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to have been better.

According to Benjamin, who is director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth University, Nauert is the least-qualified candidate to ever be named to the United Nations post. According to her State Department biography, she worked at ABC News prior to her time at Fox, and before that spent a term as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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