Former Fox News anchor new US envoy
Washington, US - US President Donald Trump on Friday nominated State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as his next ambassador to the United Nations - a swift elevation for a supporter who had no diplomatic experience until last year.
Nauert, who has shown poise in front of the cameras and mostly avoided gaffes, would succeed Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor seen as entertaining ambitions for higher political office.
Trump said he was impressed by the 48 year old Nauert, a former anchor of Fox and Friends, one of his favourite shows.
“She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all,” Trump told reporters.
Nauert said on Twitter she was ‘humbled’ by Trump’s confidence in her and looked forward ‘to continuing the outstanding job Amb. Haley has done representing your administration and the American people’.
Nauert, who had been rumoured as the top pick for the job since Haley’s resignation, became the spokeswoman of the State Department after Trump's election despite no previous background in foreign affairs.