Donald Trump picked former FOX & Friends correspondent Heather Nauert as Ambassador to the United Nations, replacing Nikki Haley who resigned last month. Now, Haley, who was formerly the governor of SC, may have a replacement.
Trump made the announcement to reporters Friday as he departed the White House for a trip to Kansas City.
"She's very talented, very smart, very quick", the president said. "And I think she's going to be respected by all".
And it's obviously not for nothing that she was nominated for an Emmy Award during her years in journalism, for authoring the special series 13 Around the World.
If confirmed, Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who has served as the public face of the State Department since a year ago, would be one of the most prominent promoters of Trump's "America First" foreign policy.
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.
Nauert became an anchor on Fox & Friends, Trump's favourite television talkshow, where she helped air the network's recurrent themes about the threat of immigration, warning that immigrant children arriving in the USA could be bringing disease into the country, and that Sharia law was spreading in urban areas with Muslim populations.
He said that Haley has done a great job in the role, and he believes Nauert is "a very good choice in the same tradition".
If she accepts the position, she could likely face tough questioning during her Senate confirmation hearings about her apparent lack of diplomatic or policymaking experience.
If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, who took over in November for fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. She never traveled with and was not close to her first boss at the department, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in USA diplomacy. She will learn the brief.
In her new role, Nauert would be responsible for maintaining worldwide support for economic sanctions against North Korea and continuing the Trump administration's unflinching support for Israel in the face of mounting scrutiny at the United Nations.
Nauert has laid relatively low in the administration.
"But I don't agree with the president on everything".
"With Pompeo more firmly in control and Bolton focused on his anti-multilateral agenda, there's a sense the U.S. ambassador will have less clout", Gowan said.
"Those days are definitely behind us, especially since Pompeo and Bolton joined", Pradhan said.
It's likely that she'll also be asked to answer for the Trump administration's scorn for global bodies, including the UN, Bloomberg News reported.
Trump to nominate William Barr, former Bush 41 attorney general, for attorney general and Heather Nauert as the United Nations ambassador.
Haley told The Weekly Standard she would remain in NY for the next two years so her son could finish high school there, and she wanted to remain an active voice on foreign policy.
That means Nauert would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the United Nations and within the administration, and as a result, would pose nowhere near the challenge to national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly or Pompeo.
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