Trump pick has less ex­pe­ri­ence than most U.N. am­bas­sadors

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Adam Taylor

WASH­ING­TON» Heather Nauert will be nom­i­nated by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion as the next U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Nations, suc­ceed­ing Nikki Haley.

But de­spite al­most two years as the State Depart­ment spokes­woman, Nauert struck many as an in­con­gru­ous pick for one of the top jobs in diplo­macy.

Un­like al­most all of her pre­de­ces­sors, Nauert does not have a sig­nif­i­cant back­ground in the For­eign Ser­vice or other gov­ern­ment ser­vice: In­stead, she had worked as a re­porter and an­chor since 1996, mostly for Fox News. She is best known as a for­mer co-host on “Fox and Friends,” one of Pres­i­dent Trump’s fa­vored tele­vi­sion shows.

In­deed, when you com­pare the po­ten­tial U.S. diplo­mat’s re­sume to those of other top U.N. am­bas­sadors from other nations on the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Nauert stands out.

• Karen Pierce joined Bri­tain’s For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice in 1981 and was posted to Tokyo af­ter spend­ing a pe­riod learn­ing Ja­panese. She had a va­ri­ety of other for­eign post­ings af­ter that, in­clud­ing in Wash­ing­ton, from 1992 to 1995.

She served as Bri­tain’s Deputy Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the United Nations in New York from 2006 to 2009, and from 2012 to 2015 she was per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the United Nations in Geneva.

• Like Nauert, Ma Zhaoxu once served as head spokesman for his coun­try’s for­eign min­istry. How­ever, the Chi­nese diplo­mat had a longer his­tory with China’s For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry, which he joined in 1987. He also held high­rank­ing po­si­tions in Bri­tain and Bel­gium be­fore be­ing ap­pointed di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the min­istry’s In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment in 2009.

He was China’s am­bas­sador to Aus­tralia from 2003 to 2016 and fol­lowed that with a 20-month stint as China’s top en­voy to the United Nations in Geneva. He took up his post in New York in Jan­uary 2018.

• Fran­cois De­lat­tre joined the French for­eign min­istry in 1989. He has served abroad a num­ber of times, in­clud­ing as French am­bas­sador to Canada from 2008 to 2011 and as am­bas­sador to the United States from 2011 to 2014. He took up his po­si­tion at the United Nations in New York af­ter leav­ing Wash­ing­ton in 2011.

The French am­bas­sador sees him­self as a sup­porter of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism. Writ­ing in the Fi­nan­cial Times this year, he called on the United States to work with other coun­tries in ar­eas such as the Sa­hel re­gion in Africa.

• Vasily Neben­zya’s diplo­matic ca­reer dates to Soviet days — his first post­ings was as at­tache of the Soviet Union Em­bassy in Thai­land in 1988. Over this lengthy ca­reer, he served abroad at Rus­sia’s Per­ma­nent Mis­sion to the U.N. in New York and as deputy per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Rus­sia to the United Nations of­fice and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions in Geneva.

Be­fore tak­ing up his cur­rent po­si­tion in New York last year, Neben­zya had been serv­ing as deputy minister of for­eign af­fairs for Rus­sia.

Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Im­ages

State Depart­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert speaks to the me­dia in Novem­ber 2017. Nauert is Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s choice to be the next U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Nations.

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