Trump to nominate Heather Nauert for UN Ambassador, reports say

Trump to nominate Heather Nauert for UN Ambassador, reports say
In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Source: AP)

(RNN) – President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokesperson and former Fox News journalist Heather Nauert to be the next UN Ambassador, according to multiple reports.

The current ambassador, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, announced in October her intention to leave the post at the end of the year.

Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017, and served for seven months this year as an acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

Bloomberg first reported Nauert’s selection. Fox News also confirmed it.

Trump will reportedly announce the nomination on Friday.

Nauert, 48, graduated from Mount Vernon College and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

She joined Fox in 1998, left for ABC News in 2005, and returned to Fox two years later.

According to her State Department bio, she has traveled extensively for her work as a journalist and once participated in a prestigious Council on Foreign Relations program.

In her public statements, she has challenged Russia and pushed for peace in Yemen, among other international issues.

A CNN source told that network that “her ability to be a polished proxy on television” and loyalty to the Trump administration worked in her favor.

“People don’t know very much about her,” Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at the United Nations University, told CNN. “People will be interested to see whether she’s willing and able to do the diplomatic toil or whether she will see this as an extension of the spokesman position and focus more on presentation of US position before the Security Council.”

Trump last month said she was “under very serious consideration” for the post.

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