Trump to pick Nauert as U.N. am­bas­sador, sources say

Hartford Courant - - World & Nation - By Jen­nifer Jacobs and Nick Wad­hams Bloomberg News

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.

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Heather Nauert, who joined the ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2017, would re­place Nikki Ha­ley.

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