Trump Names State Spokeswoman Nauert for UN Ambassador

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
December 7, 2018Politics
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WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump announced on Dec. 7, he’s nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

“Heather Nauert will be nominated,” Trump said Friday before departing the White House on Marine One for an event in Kansas City. “She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all.”

If she is confirmed by the Senate, Nauert will replace Nikki Haley. Haley, a former South Carolina governor, announced in October that she would step down at the end of this year. Nauert would be a leading administration voice on Trump’s foreign policy.

Trump told reporters last month that Nauert was “excellent,” adding, “She’s been a supporter for a long time.”

Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of theState Department’s hierarchy when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo. Nauert was then appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and was for a time the highest-ranking woman and fourth highest-ranking official in the building.

That role gave her responsibilities beyond the news conferences she held in the State Department briefing room. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas U.S. embassies, consulates, and other posts. She was in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the ISIS and other terrorist groups, and she has a seat on the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees government broadcast networks such as Voice of America.

Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump’s favorite television show, “Fox & Friends,” when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration’s foreign policy. With a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she had moved to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as “a team player” and “a strong asset for the administration.”

By Catherine Lucey, Matthew Lee and Zeke Miller

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