Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Ex-Fox News anchor to be new USA ambassador to the UN

Ex-Fox News anchor to be new USA ambassador to the UN

She had no government or foreign policy experience prior to joining the Trump Administration.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is set to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, according to USA media reports.

Nauert's foreign policy experience is limited to her year-and-a-half tenure as State Department Spokesperson, plus half a year as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, plus one-episode cameo in Fox's foreign-policy drama "24" which is all about global diplomatic crises.

Trump is expected to tweet out announcement naming Nauert as next United Nations ambassador. She will have to be confirmed by the Senate to become ambassador to the United Nations. With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had come to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter.

She will take over from Nikki Haley who announced her resignation in October.

Now, she is poised to serve as the United States' permanent representative to the UN's 193 member nations.

Two of Mr Trump's advisers have said he is weighing a number of other end-of-year staff changes, including replacing Chief of Staff, John Kelly.

He pulled the United States out of the UN human rights body in September, citing bias towards Israel, and his administration has cut funding for the UN refugee agency and a year ago proposed U.S. funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body.

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.

Nevertheless, Nauert has gained Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's trust after being excluded from the inner circle of his predecessor, Rex Tillerson.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration".

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

Haley also quelled speculation about a potential 2020 bid for president.

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