Trump to name former Fox anchor Heather Nauert as next United Nations ambassador

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

Nikki Haley abruptly resigned in October calling her time as United Nations ambassador the "honor of a lifetime".

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.

Nuart was brought on to the administration after providing commentary on "Fox and Friends" on what appears to be Trump's favorite cable news network.

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One of the reports came from Fox News, where Ms Nauert has previously worked as a presenter.

A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Still, with Trump, no staffing decision is final until he makes the formal announcement, since he has been known to change course in the past.

A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision to tap Heather Nauert for the U.N. Ambassador position by tweet on Friday morning. 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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If her appointment is confirmed she will replace Ms Haley, who had held the role since November 2016. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or worldwide relations.

He added: "She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time, really - excellent".

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

Bloomberg said Ms Nauert would be an unorthodox choice, given the little experience she had in government or foreign policy before she took up the role at the state department.

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Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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