United Na­tions: State De­part­ment spokes­woman and for­mer Fox News re­porter Heather Nauert is se­lected to be the next U.S. am­bas­sador to the U.N., re­plac­ing Nikki Ha­ley.

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - A* - By Cather­ine Lucey, Matthew Lee and Zeke Miller Cather­ine Lucey, Matthew Lee and Zeke Miller are As­so­ci­ated Press writ­ers.

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Trump an­nounced Fri­day he’s nom­i­nat­ing State De­part­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions.

“Heather Nauert will be nom­i­nated,” Trump said Fri­day. “She’s very tal­ented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s go­ing to be re­spected by all.”

If she is con­firmed by the Se­nate, Nauert, a for­mer Fox News Chan­nel re­porter who had lit­tle for­eign pol­icy ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore be­com­ing State De­part­ment spokes­woman, will re­place Nikki Ha­ley. Ha­ley, a for­mer South Carolina gov­er­nor, an­nounced in Oc­to­ber that she would step down at the end of this year.

Plucked from Fox by the White House to serve as State De­part­ment spokes­woman, Nauert cat­a­pulted into the up­per ech­e­lons of the agency’s hi­er­ar­chy when Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son was fired in March and re­placed with Mike Pom­peo. Nauert was then ap­pointed act­ing un­der­sec­re­tary of state for pub­lic diplo­macy and pub­lic af­fairs and was for a time the high­est-rank­ing woman and fourth high­est-rank­ing of­fi­cial in the build­ing.

Nauert was a break­ing news an­chor on Trump’s fa­vorite tele­vi­sion show, “Fox & Friends,” when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s for­eign pol­icy. With a mas­ter’s de­gree from Columbia Univer­sity’s Grad­u­ate School of Jour­nal­ism, she had moved to Fox from ABC News, where she was a gen­eral as­sign­ment re­porter. She hadn’t spe­cial­ized in for­eign pol­icy or in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

Shut out from the top by Tiller­son and his in­ner cir­cle, Nauert de­vel­oped re­la­tion­ships with ca­reer diplo­mats. Barred from trav­el­ing with Tiller­son, she em­barked on her own over­seas trips, vis­it­ing Bangladesh and Myan­mar last year to see the plight of Ro­hingya Mus­lims.

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