Heather Nauert Offered UN Ambassador Job, Would Replace Nikki Haley: Reports

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
November 1, 2018Politics

Heather Nauert, currently the State Department spokeswoman, has been offered the job of Ambassador to the United Nations, according to reports on Nov. 1.

One official told Fox News that Nauert, 48, has been offered the job to replace Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in early October, but said she’d stay on until the end of the year to give the White House time to choose her successor.

President Donald Trump said on Oct. 9, that he would pick a successor in two to three weeks.

Nauert met with President Trump in the Oval Office on Oct. 29, reported Fox News. It’s not known if they discussed the position then.

A source told the Daily Caller on Thursday that Nauert is at the top of Trump’s list of potential nominees to replace Haley, but that he had not fully made up his mind yet.

The Wall Street Journal said that Trump “is expected to nominate” Nauert as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Nauert, a former Fox News host, was named as State Department spokesperson in April 2017 and was also named acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs earlier this year.

She last appeared on Fox News in February 2017.

Heather Nauert offered UN job
Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert holds a press briefing at the Department of State in Washington on July 31, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Haley Resigns

Haley and Trump appeared together at the White House to make her resignation announcement.

Haley said that the post had been the honor of a lifetime, but felt like she needed to step aside after serving six years as the governor of South Carolina and almost two years as the U.N. ambassador.

“I am such a lucky girl to have been able to lead the state that raised me and to serve a country I love so very much. It has really been a blessing, and I want to thank you for that,” Haley told Trump.

Trump said Haley told him six months ago she wanted to “take a break” by year’s end. Haley, who has served as the U.N. ambassador since the early days of the Trump administration, emphasized the administration’s accomplishments over that time, including imposing strict sanctions on North Korea, exiting the Iran nuclear deal, and moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“Now, the United States is respected. Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do,” Haley said. “The U.S. is strong again and the U.S. is strong in a way that should make all Americans very proud.”

Haley didn’t say what she wanted to do next, beyond indicating plans to campaign for Trump’s reelection in 2020.

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