Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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Nauert, whose nomination will require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor.

In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the worldwide agency than Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials.

"Based on past experience and given that the committee has not yet received a nomination from the White House, at this late date, it is highly unlikely a nominee would be able to complete his or her paperwork (committee questionnaire, financial disclosure, OIG report, etc.) and hold the meetings with committee members that occur in advance of a hearing before the end of the year", a Foreign Relations Committee official said Friday after Trump announced he will nominate Nauert.

During her tenure as a State Department spokeswoman, Nauert largely stuck to the department's official script, often deflecting questions about U.S. allies, including Israel.

Nauret now faces Senate approval and will need to tackle questions on her lack of experience in the field.

She would be taking the position amid a roster of thorny global challenges, ranging from North Korea's nuclear program to Yemen's starvation and the growing divide between the USA and its closest allies over the Iran nuclear deal, climate change and other issues.


Nauert, a native of Rockford, Illinois, also worked at the State Department as the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

In announcing his decision today, Trump said Nauert was "very talented, very smart, very quick". However, she quickly learned key issues and how the United Nations operates. In 2007, she re-joined Fox News and eventually became an anchor on Fox and Friends, a show that Mr. Trump watches, has been a guest on and frequently tweets about.

"Heather Nauert is not going to be a big-time player in the deliberations on substance in the administration", he said.

A Columbia journalism school graduate and former ABC reporter, Ms. Nauert had two stints at Fox News, the first of which started in 1998 as a reporter. Further, she will confront a stream of anti-U.S. and anti-Israel rhetoric at the world body - something Haley constantly pushed back against during her tenure.

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.

However, Haley admitted she and the president "agree on most things", but "there are certainly things that we don't agree on".


Haley herself arrived at the United Nations with little foreign policy experience beyond promoting worldwide investments in SC.

President Trump has picked Heather Nauert, the State Department's spokeswoman, as the next ambassador to the United Nations.

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. "If confirmed, I look forward to continuing the outstanding job Ambassador Haley has done representing your administration and the American people".

"With Pompeo more firmly in control and Bolton focused on his anti-multilateral agenda, there's a sense the USA ambassador will have less clout", Gowan said.

In her first interview since resigning as the US representative at the U.N. in October, Haley addressed the heated war of words between the two nations in the summer and fall of 2017.


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