Trump to nominate State Department’s Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department

President Trump will reportedly announce State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as his pick to succeed Nikki Haley in the role of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Heather Nauert whgo could be UN Envoy, did not immediately respond to request for comment.

ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.

Nauert became the State Department spokeswoman in April 2017 and, earlier this year, was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

Trump told reporters last month that Nauert was "excellent", adding, "She's been a supporter for a long time".

Current ambassador Nikki Haley announced in October she would leave the post at the end of 2018. Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC. She had no government or foreign policy experience prior to joining the Trump Administration.

Having the direct support of the president and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, could buttress her image, however, among global diplomats at the United Nations, who have bristled at Donald Trump's "America First" foreign policy.

Still, with Trump, no staffing decision is final until he makes the formal announcement, since he has been known to change course in the past.

If Ms Nauert passes the Senate confirmation and subsequently assumes the role, her top priority will be to maintain sanctions on North Korea, which her predecessor managed to rally global support for a year ago when Kim Jong-Un was conducting his ballistic missile testing.

Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Mr Trump earlier said his daughter, Ivanka, would be flawless for the role but conceded he'd be accused of nepotism if he appointed her.

One of the reports came from Fox News, where Ms Nauert has previously worked as a presenter.

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