Following the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, reports indicate that U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as her replacement.
She'll also take up the administration's efforts to defend Israel at the United Nations and counter what Haley called the organization's bias against the Jewish state.
In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the global agency than outspoken current ambassador Nikki Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials. Trump is one of the show's biggest fans, and he often finds inspiration in the hosts' remarks as topics for his morning tweets. Haley, former governor of the USA state of SC, said she did not know what she would do next, but clarified that she would campaign for Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
When she announced her decision to step down the president called her a "very special person" and said she had told him some months before that she wanted to take some time off. Trump is expected to announce the nomination on Friday.
Nauert's appointment was first reported by Bloomberg.
She will need to win Senate confirmation to assume the role.
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She became the State Department's spokeswoman in April 2017 and was named earlier this year as the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas US embassies, consulates and other posts.
The president considered Nauert for the position among a list of potential nominees that included former White House aide Dina Powell and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
Two administration officials also confirmed Trump's plans to the Associated Press.
ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the United Nations job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.