Trump picks Nauert, Barr; Kelly set to go

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - READ - Yash­want Raj yash­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day nom­i­nated state depart­ment spokesper­son Heather Nauert as the new US am­bas­sador to the UN and Wil­liam Barr as the next at­tor­ney gen­eral as re­ports emerged that John Kelly was set to quit as White House chief of staff.

Trump told re­porters Barr had been his “first choice since day one’ and that “I’ve seen very good things about him”. Barr served as the top US law en­force­ment of­fi­cer dur­ing 1991-93 in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of pres­i­dent Ge­orge H W Bush, who died last week.

Nauert will suc­ceed Nikki Haley and Trump said she had done a great job at the state depart­ment and is “very tal­ented, very smart, very quick and I think that she will be re­spected by all”. Both po­si­tions will have to be con­firmed by the Se­nate.

Trump did not an­swer ques­tions from jour­nal­ists about re­ports that Kelly was quit­ting, some­thing that has been spec­u­lated for long. CNN re­ported Trump and Kelly had reached “a stale­mate in their re­la­tion­ship” and had stopped speak­ing in re­cent days.

The pres­i­dent teased a third per­son­nel change, which he said would be about the joint chiefs of staff and that he would make an an­nounce­ment on Satur­day.

Barr will suc­ceed Jeff Ses­sions, who was forced out as Trump was un­happy with his han­dling of the Rus­sia probe. Ses­sions had re­cused him­self from it.

Trump blamed Ses­sions for the probe be­ing con­ducted by spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller, which has ob­tained guilty pleas from six for­mer cam­paign aides and ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Mike Flynn and for­mer lawyer Michael Co­hen.

The pres­i­dent has railed against the probe, call­ing it a witch hunt.

AFP

File pho­tos of De­nis Muk­wege (left) and Na­dia Mu­rad.

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Wil­liam Barr has been picked as US at­tor­ney gen­eral.

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