Trump expected to pick Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador

Adjust Comment Print

President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, two White House officials said yesterday, tapping someone with no prior policy or political experience to deal with some of the world's thorniest issues.

"Nauert is a very good public operator, and should do a professional job presenting US policy at the UN", Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at the United Nations University's Center for Policy Research, said in an email.

After Trump was inaugurated as president in January 2017, Nauert became - with no experience in government, foreign policy or politics - the spokeswoman at the State Department.

Nauert has served as a spokesperson for the State Department since April 2017. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

Fox News said Mr Trump would tweet about the appointment on Friday morning, while Bloomberg said it had been told of the decision to appoint Ms Nauert by three sources.

"I think there's a real sense that she can communicate effectively".

Others, including former USA ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, criticized the choice.

More news: James Comey arrives for testimony on Capitol Hill

Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center says Nauert has a different profile from past US ambassadors to the United Nations.

Nauert will arrive at the United Nations at a time when the Trump's administration's attitude to the organisation, always sceptical, is turning disdainful following the arrival of Bolton in the White House in March.

"I've known Heather for many years". The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations once said that if you lopped off the top 10 floors of the organisation's NY headquarters, it would make no difference.

"I look forward to having him join our very successful Administration!" he added on Twitter.

If nominated and confirmed, Ms. Nauert would succeed Nikki Haley as the us representative to the world body when her resignation takes effect at year's end. "In the past two years, we have worked closely with Ambassador Nikki Haley to change the hostile spirit in the United Nations, which has led to unprecedented achievements", Danon said. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience.

Mr. Trump told The Washington Times in an interview last month that Ms. Nauert was "under strong consideration" for the post, but he was evaluating other candidates. "Haley has done representing your administration and the American people". The measure won a large majority, but not enough to secure the two-thirds needed for it to pass.

But the former television anchor has mostly avoided snafus, keeping regular press briefings concise and winning praise for her poise as she fields a dizzying array of foreign policy questions.

More news: Former Attorney General William Barr contender for old job

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".

"In that regard, probably they're not too upset to see Nikki Haley go because Haley was pretty independent compared to what we're likely to see from Nauert".

Before joining the State Department, Nauert was an anchor and correspondent at Fox News.

Ms Nauert is described by United States media as an "unorthodox choice" for the role due to her little experience in government or foreign policy.

Overnight she took charge of overseeing communication from USA diplomatic missions around the world as well as countering propaganda from the Islamic State movement and other foreign adversaries. But former President George W. Bush did not include the position in his Cabinet.

Haley is the first Indian-American to ever appointed to a Cabinet position in any U.S. presidential administration.

She has served under two secretaries of state -Rex Tillerson and her current boss Mike Pompeo - and was designated acting under-secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs from March to October 2018.

More news: Disappearance of missing backpacker in Auckland being treated as murder

In 2016, she traveled to battleground states to report on the presidential primaries and election.

Comments