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Trump may nominate Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador

08 December 2018

"She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time", Trump told reporters on November 1.

Other than her 20-month run as the top spokesperson at Foggy Bottom, Nauert has no diplomatic experience.

"I do think what was particularly important to Bolton and to Pompeo was to have someone who was not going to be an independent actor or a power centre all by herself", Benjamin told MEE. But since Republicans will continue to hold a majority in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January, experts say she is likely to be confirmed.

Nauert´s appointment would reinforce the link between Fox News and Trump, who has been accused of turning to the conservative-leaning channel, rather than experts, for policy advice.

"Truly no one believes me: I am not even thinking about it", Haley said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) slammed Nauert's nomination on Friday, calling her "unqualified and Islamophobic". But former President George W. Bush did not include the position in his Cabinet.

She added Trump "very clearly" struggles to find experienced and qualified people for jobs within the administration.

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"Haley lost a degree of autonomy when John Bolton became the national security adviser, because he had strong views about the U.N", said Stephen Pomper of the Crisis Group, an organization that works to prevent wars.

Pompeo was scathing about the United Nations in a speech this week in Brussels. Tony Sayegh, a former Fox contributor, now serves in communications at the Treasury Department.

GOP consultant Rick Wilson tweeted Friday morning that he "really didn't expect we'd have UN Ambassador Nauert until President Hannity, in consultation with Vice President Doocey and Secretary of State Ingraham met to discuss their foreign policy goals".

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

She's a communicator by trade and training - she's being sent to sell the "America first" president's unique foreign policy approach to the rest of the world. The role of ambassador to the United Nations does not always have Cabinet level.

Nauert was a Fox News anchor who was then hired by Trump to be the State Department spokeswoman. Former President Barack Obama's United Nations ambassadors, Susan Rice and Samantha Power, had the designation, as did Haley, who came to the role after being South Carolina's governor. "He brings a level of stability and knowledge to the Justice Department that I think will be very powerful".

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Trump may nominate Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador