Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next UN ambassador

Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next UN ambassador

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Prior to getting hired by the State Department in April 2017, Nauert was a host on Fox and Friends, a right-wing morning news and talk show that regularly airs lengthy interviews with the president.

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.

Before joining the administration in 2017, Nauert was a TV anchor for Fox News and won an Emmy nomination while working at ABC News.

Plucked from Fox by the White House to serve as State Department spokeswoman, Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency's hierarchy when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo. She would assume the position at a time when the United Nations is dealing with such issues as the North Korea nuclear deal, the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and climate change. She had also previously acted in two American television series - Brother's Keeper and 24.

At the UN, Nauert is seen as a cipher.

"I worry that we will grow ever more isolated on this, the most important of world stages", he said.

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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.

The Illinois native would follow in the footsteps of Haley, a former governor of South Carolina; Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize victor; Susan Rice, a Rhodes Scholar; and former National Security Council and national security officials such as Madeleine Albright. Before taking on the role of State Department spokeswoman, Nauert was employed as a Fox News anchor and correspondent. The role of ambassador to the United Nations does not always have Cabinet level. Haley has served almost two years in the post. But when White House officials told her they wanted her, she accepted.

The U.N. has had several female ambassadors from the U.S. The post is not always a Cabinet-level position.

Schaefer notes, though, that Trump already has a team in place that he relies on for help in crafting foreign policy -Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. And the pick for the high-profile U.S. policy megaphone, seems more than justified, at least at first glance.

"To be blunt, it's seen as a win simply that it's not Grenell", who is known to share Bolton's "pugilistic approach" to worldwide institution, Gowan said. Even more so if the skill is coupled with a wide, snow-white smile, precisely like Nauert's.

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

He expressed hope that she will continue to be a "bridge between Washington and the United Nations at a time when we more than ever need an America that is engaged with the United Nations in world affairs and committed to our shared values, beginning with human rights".

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