President Trump plans to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, two senior administration officials said Thursday, as he seeks to advance his "America's First" agenda on the world stage.
If confirmed by the Senate, the appointment would be elevated to a higher level of confidence in the United States and the United States would be forced to take action against Iran and demand full responsibility for their own security.
Nauert joined the State Department last year after a career as an anchor She would replace Nikki Haley, who was twice elected governor of South Carolina but also lacked foreign policy experience.
In her new role, Nauert would be responsible for maintaining international support for economic sanctions against North Korea and continuing the Trump administration's strong support for Israel in the United Nations.
A news reporter for ABC, Nauert joined Fox in 1996, originally as a co-host for "Fox and Friends." Trump is one of the biggest fans, and he often finds inspiration in the hosts' remarks as topics for his morning tweets.
Nauert, who left Fox in April 2017, earned a reputation as a stalwart defender of the president through the turbulent tenure of Trump's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
She and the Texas oilman never established a close working relationship. She did not accompany him on his travels or participate in his meetings with foreign dignitaries, and he was aided by White House loyalists and closely related to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
Nauert's first year on the job was frustrating, U.S. officials said, and she began to emerge only after Trump fired Tillerson by tweet. She is the first ambassador to the position of President of the United States, with John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state who has been acting as secretary until Mike Pompeo was confirmed.
Under Pompeo, with Tillerson's did, Nauert became part of the inner circle. They regularly check out Pompeo on trips abroad. He has been raised to a position of public diplomacy and public affairs by Steve Goldstein, who was fired along with Tillerson.
Nauert could not be reached for
Critics of the administration were quick to pounce on her appointment as prizing loyalty over experience.
"While Nikki Haley did not bring foreign policy experience, she ran a state," said Brett Bruen, a State Department official trainer. "Nauert's performance as acting undersecretary of state was notable for its lack of accomplishments or even attention to the job. It does not have a compelling case, nor does it engender confidence in the Senate, that it is ready for such a senior position. "
A senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personal decisions, said Nauert would be "an outstanding advocate for the American people at the U.N."
"She's hard-working, she's smart and she never gives up in an advancing agenda that works for the United States," the official said.
Nauert is the latest transplant from Fox Trump administration job, following the addition of Fox News executive Bill Shine as a top communications adviser. White House national security adviser John Bolton also worked as a Fox News contributor.
When Haley announced plans to resign in early October, Trump praised her accomplishments.
"She's done a fantastic job, and we've done a fantastic job together," he said during a meeting with Haley at the Oval Office. "She's a great person, very importantly, but she is somebody that gets it."
"It was a blessing to go into the United States with America," Haley replied. "And I'll always do that; I'll never really step away from fighting for our country. But I will tell you that I think it's time. "