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Trump to name Heather Nauert as UN ambassador tomorrow, reports say

Nauert to Become Next UN Ambassador

President Trump announced Friday morning that he has chosen Heather Nauert, a State Department spokesperson, to fill the role.

At the same time, he officially announced that State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News journalist Heather Nauert was his pick to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations.

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. If Ms Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

Trump's nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "very much looks forward to working with Ms Nauert when she assumes her post and continuing the very productive and strong working relationship he enjoyed with Ambassador Haley", UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters. "But, I think it [the US 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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In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the global agency than outspoken current ambassador Nikki Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials.

If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, who took over in November for fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"Nauert is a very good public operator, and should do a professional job presenting US policy at the UN", Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at the United Nations University's Center for Policy Research, said in an email.

At the end of Uri Friedman's interview with her for The Atlantic, the reporter asked Haley what her campaign slogan would be in 2024.

But Trump has also used the United Nations to try to advance his foreign policy agenda on Iran and North Korea.

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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.

If she gets confirmed, it is unclear if Trump will plan to keep the United Nations ambassador as a Cabinet position, a status that would give Nauret more influence in the administration.

Trump's announcement comes just a day after the US lost a high-profile vote in the U.N. General Assembly for a resolution condemning the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

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Heather Nauert - the nominee to be the next American UN ambassador - stands alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on an October 2018 flight to Mexico City.

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