Trump expected to name Heather Nauert next United Nations ambassador, sources say

Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina and her husband Michael Haley at the Golden Temple the holiest of Sikh shrines in Amritsar India

Trump to name Heather Nauert as next U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to confirm tomorrow that he has chosen State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as the next ambassador to the United Nations, according to several U.S. media outlets.

Requests for comment to the state department and the White House were not immediately returned.

She also served as Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs between March and October 2017. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.

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.

Bloomberg reports Ms Nauert was selected among a competitive field of candidates including former White House aide Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

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

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If successful Ms Nauert will replace Nikki Haley who announced her resignation at the end of October.

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 past year proposed US funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body. Chris Murphy (D-CT) bashed Nauert as lacking in expertise, believing her to be the wrong choice for President Donald Trump's administration.

If Ms Nauert passes the Senate confirmation and subsequently assumes the role, her top priority will be to maintain sanctions on North Korea, which her predecessor managed to rally global support for past year when Kim Jong-Un was conducting his ballistic missile testing.

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.

Haley has held the post since the beginning of Trump's administration and said she would stay in the job through the end of the year.

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