President Trump has chosen State Department official Heather Nauert to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a report said on Thursday. Before taking on the role of State Department spokeswoman, Nauert was employed as a Fox News anchor and correspondent.
Trump will send a tweet on Friday morning about choosing Nauert to replace the outgoing United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October, Fox News reported, citing multiple sources.
Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning.
However Ms Haley has made no secret of the fact that she has had policy disagreements with Mr Trump.
Two administration officials also confirmed Trump's plans to the Associated Press.
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A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017.
It was reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts. With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had come to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter.
"She is clearly not qualified for this job, but these days it seems that the most important qualification is that you show up on Donald Trump's TV screen, and if you're successful in that endeavor, then you seem to be a top candidate to get a whole bunch of top positions in the USA government". She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration".