Trump set to name novice to UN post

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US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump will nom­i­nate State De­part­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert as US am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, a source fa­mil­iar with his de­ci­sion said.

This means he will be se­lect­ing some­one with no prior pol­icy or po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence to deal with some of the world’s thorni­est is­sues.

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

If con­firmed, Ms Nauert, 48, would suc­ceed Nikki Ha­ley, who said in Oc­to­ber she would be leav­ing the UN post at the end of the year.

The State De­part­ment de- clined to com­ment and Ms Nauert did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Ms Nauert, who ear­lier this year had been con­sid­ered a pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor to White House spokes­woman Sarah San­ders, gained ex­pe­ri­ence on diplo­macy by work­ing at the State De­part­ment, but she lacks the po­lit­i­cal and pol­icy cre­den­tials of Ms Ha­ley, a for­mer South Carolina gov­er­nor.

GRIEF: Dean and Luci Bankier with a photo of Kevin Bankier, who was hit by a drunk driver. Pic­ture: An­nette Dew

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