Trump to pick State Department spokeswoman for UN ambassador

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during the release of the international religious freedom report at the State Department in Washington May 29, 2018. — AFP pic
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during the release of the international religious freedom report at the State Department in Washington May 29, 2018. — AFP pic

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 — US President Donald Trump has decided to name State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with his decision said yesterday.

Trump will send a tweet tpday about choosing Nauert to replace outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October, Fox News reported, citing multiple sources.

Trump’s decision was first reported by Bloomberg News.

A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

Nauert, whose nomination would require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor.

She does not have prior political or policy-making experience.

Nauert became the State Department spokeswoman in April 2017 and, earlier this year, was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted. — Reuters

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