Trump's Next Pick for UN Ambassador Is a Former 'Fox & Friends' Host

Heather Nauert become the spokeswoman of the State Department after Trump’s election despite no previous background in foreign affairs. — AFP pic

Before taking on the role of State Department spokeswoman, Nauert was employed as a Fox News anchor and correspondent.

On Friday, Trump revealed Haley's replacement at the worldwide body, confirming that he intends to appoint US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, a former Fox News correspondent, to the position.

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

Haley surprised White House officials in October when she said she would resign by the end of year, citing the need for a break after two terms as governor and two years at the UN.

Ms Nauert, 48, was made state department spokeswoman in April 2017, her first government position.

Nauert's appointment would reinforce the link between Fox News and Trump, who has been accused of turning to the conservative-leaning channel, rather than experts, for policy advice.

"It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and succession", Mr. Trump said.

In June, the United States quit the UN Human Rights Council, which it sees as biased against Israel.

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The president also confirmed that Ms. Nauert is his choice to replace Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations. But since Republicans will continue to hold a majority in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January, experts say she is likely to be confirmed. Yet she faced some criticism for a tourist-like Instagram post from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on a trip that was meant to focus on the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Washinton Post also quoted former state department official Brett Bruen as saying, "While Haley didn't bring foreign policy experience, she ran a state".

Some White House advisers were urging the president to consider another choice, believing that Ms. Nauert's lack of diplomatic experience would make Senate confirmation hard.

Heather Nauert, 48, has been nominated as USA ambassador to the United Nations, capping a swift rise through the administration's ranks. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. It was filled temporarily at one point by Trump's current national security adviser John Bolton.

United Nations diplomats say that behind the scenes negotiations are central to an ambassador's job, and that presentation skills are also important.

Trump's announcement comes just a day after the USA lost a high-profile vote in the U.N. General Assembly for a resolution condemning the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Before joining the State Department she worked as an anchor for Fox News and correspondent for ABC News.

But unlike White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose testy exchanges with reporters are routinely carried live, Nauert has enjoyed a civil relationship with the smaller State Department press corps as they travel the world together.

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