Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next United Nations ambassador

Heather Nauert

Heather Nauert

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.

Nauert's foreign policy experience is limited to her year-and-a-half tenure as State Department Spokesperson, plus half a year as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, plus one-episode cameo in Fox's foreign-policy drama "24" which is all about worldwide diplomatic crises. She had no government or foreign policy experience prior to joining the Trump Administration.

If confirmed, Nauert, 48, would succeed Nikki Haley, who said in October she would be leaving the United Nations post at the end of the year.

Numerous reports in the United States media - the first of which appeared in Bloomberg news - said Nauert would be nominated Friday, citing sources close to the matter.

Nauert has been serving as a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department since 2017, appointed by Trump to work under former secretary Rex Tillerson.

Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning.

Ms Nauert is described by USA media as an "unorthodox choice" for the role due to her little experience in government or foreign policy.

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She will face a variety of challenges if confirmed for the job, including championing USA efforts to contain Iran's influence in the Middle East and ensuring the global body maintains tough sanctions on North Korea as Washington tries to negotiate an end to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes. Under her tenure, the U.S. pulled out of UNESCO and the Human Rights Council.

Ms Haley has served almost two years in the post.

"The personal dimension is pretty important and you're dealing with some pretty tough customers, the Russians in particular", said Gowan. More details will be added as they become available.

Nauert, 48, has been touted for the post since November. "Grenell is known to be hard to work with".

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

Haley took a particularly forceful posture against Russian Federation, assailing the Kremlin at United Nations security council meetings over its aggression in Ukraine and support for Bashar al-Assad in Syria, even as Trump remained reluctant to criticize Vladimir Putin.

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