President Trump has chosen State Department official Heather Nauert to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a report said on Thursday. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.
A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision to tap Heather Nauert for the U.N. Ambassador position by tweet on Friday morning. 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.
Trump had previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Haley, though he's been known to change course on staffing in the past.
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.
Nauert joined the State Department previous year after a career as a television anchor and correspondent at Fox News. Nauert was then appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and was for a time the highest-ranking woman and fourth highest-ranking official in the building.
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ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the United Nations job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.
She is also seen as close to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.
From Fox & Friends to the State Department, and now likely to the United Nations. She met with Trump at the end of October, fueling speculation that she had emerged as the president's top choice for the role.
He pulled the United States out of the U.N. human rights body in September, citing bias toward Israel, and his administration has cut funding for the U.N. refugee agency and a year ago proposed US funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body. Formerly a Fox News anchor, sh came to the administration in 2017.More news: Tornado outbreak in Central Illinois