Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump to pick State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert as United Nations envoy

Trump to pick State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert as United Nations envoy

Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

Nauert would replace Haley, who announced in October that she would be departing her position as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations at the close of 2018.

The State Department declined to comment on the report.

A key question with Nauert 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.

Bloomberg also reported Thursday that President Trump had chosen Nauert for the role. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

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In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the global agency than outspoken current ambassador Nikki Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials. In her first speech as ambassador, she warned that there would be consequences against those nations that worked against the will of the U.S.at the global organization.

That means Nauert would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the United Nations and within the administration, and as a result, would pose nowhere near the challenge to national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly or Pompeo.

Nauert, who did not have a good relationship with Tillerson and had considered leaving the department, told associates at the time she was taken aback by the promotion offer and recommended a colleague for the job.

Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump's favorite television show, "Fox & Friends", when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration's foreign policy.

"She is clearly not qualified for this job, but these days it seems that the most important qualification is that you show up on Donald Trump's TV screen, and if you're successful in that endeavor, then you seem to be a top candidate to get a whole bunch of top positions in the USA government". "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".

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