Trump to name Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador tomorrow, reports say

Howard TerryDec 08, 2018

In October, Haley announced that she was leaving the post by the end of the year.

Nauert assumed the new high-profile role after holding just one position in government, that of State Department spokesperson, which she held from late April 2017 until now, but this was apparently more than outweighed by her extensive journalistic experience.

Nauert would need to be confirmed by the US Senate, but if she passes that hurdle, she would become a top voice for Trump's foreign policy.

Ms. Nauert will also have to be confirmed by the Senate. She would replace Nikki Haley, who was twice elected governor of SC but also lacked foreign policy experience.

But unlike White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose testy exchanges with reporters are routinely carried live, Nauert has enjoyed a civil relationship with the smaller State Department press corps as they travel the world together. In a sign of the difficulties the administration has had, the UN General Assembly on Thursday rejected a USA -sponsored resolution condemning Hamas, the Islamist group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007. Haley had lobbied hard to get the resolution passed, but couldn't garner the two-thirds majority needed.

Israeli leaders nonetheless thanked her and feted the results as proof of wide support for Israel's position.

Heather Nauert - the nominee to be the next American UN ambassador - stands alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on an October 2018 flight to Mexico City.

"Pompeo's Brussels speech trashing the United Nations this week lowered our expectations for USA policy at the United Nations, whoever is ambassador", Gowan said.

Asked whether the US was ever truly poised to attack North Korea, Haley told The Atlantic: "No". Former deputy security council adviser Dina Powell and Trump's daughter Ivanka's names were initially floated as possible replacements. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly.

CNN, while citing her "precipitous rise" since arriving at the state department, also speculates how the Democrats are likely to "grill Nauert" on her qualifications for the position.

That role gave her responsibilities far beyond the news conferences she held in the State Department briefing room.

According to Benjamin, who is director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth University, Nauert is the least-qualified candidate to ever be named to the United Nations post. Current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has a documented history of spewing Islamophobic comments and has been associated with hate groups. But she has no experience as a diplomat, she has no meaningful experience in government. She is a graduate of the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Mount Vernon College in Washington. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar past year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped.

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