Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump says he wants Nauert as next United Nations ambassador

Trump says he wants Nauert as next United Nations ambassador

The president said Nauert is "somebody that we know very well" and "has done a great job" as the State Department's press secretary.

US President Donald Trump has opted for State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the new US Envoy to the United Nations, replacing outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who abruptly announced her resignation in early October, citing "no personal reasons" behind the decision.

Trump describes Nauert to reporters as "very talented" and "very smart".

If confirmed, Nauert, 48, would replace Indian-American Nikki Haley who had said in October 2018 that she would be leaving the United Nations post at the end of this year.

During Pompeo's tenure, she has been able to travel on official trips - something Tillerson blocked her from doing - and rose to temporarily hold the position of acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Nauert, who earlier this year had been considered a possible successor to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, gained experience on diplomacy by working at the State Department, but she lacks the political and policy credentials of Haley, a former SC governor.

Trump's nominee to be the next USA ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert. Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential election, Haley has said that she will support the president. "But, I think it [the USA ambassador job] is not going to be what it was under Nikki Haley, which was a serious competitor under a vacuum at the NSC [National Security Council] and at the State Department under [former Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson".

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Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be "taking names" of countries that oppose Trump's foreign policy, particularly regarding Israel.

But she has taken on a bolder role under Pompeo, assertively seeking to promote his message. Haley successfully argued for a cabinet-level post and wielded broad influence, carving out her own authority separate from Tillerson.

Schaefer notes, though, that Trump already has a team in place that he relies on for help in crafting foreign policy -Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

"When you talk about Germany, we have a very strong relationship with the Government of Germany", Nauert said, and mentioned the anniversary of the post-World War II Marshall Plan. But she has no experience as a diplomat, she has no meaningful experience in government.

Other than her 20-month run as the top spokesperson at Foggy Bottom, Nauert has no diplomatic experience.

Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump's favourite television show, "Fox & Friends", when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration's foreign policy. "Heather plays a key role in advancing US foreign policy & I look forward to her speedy confirmation".

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