Trump to pick Nauert as U.N. ambassador, sources say
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has decided to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace departing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to three people familiar with the decision.
Nauert, 48, is an unorthodox choice for the U.N. role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April 2017 after several years as an anchor and correspondent for Fox News, including on the “Fox and Friends” show watched by Trump.
Haley also didn’t have foreign policy experience when she took the U.N. posting, but she had twice been elected governor of South Carolina.
Nauert has gained Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s trust after being excluded from the inner circle of his predecessor, Rex Tillerson. She is also aligned with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner.
If she wins Senate confirmation, Nauert will face a broad agenda at the U.N. topped by the need to maintain international sanctions on North Korea. Haley rallied global support for tougher measures in 2017, when Pyongyang ramped up its ballistic missile and weapons test, but there has been increasing pressure to ease up on the restrictions following Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un in June.
Heather Nauert, who joined the administration in 2017, would replace Nikki Haley.