Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018
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Trump will appoint State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next ambassador to the United Kingdom


Heather Nauert, spokeswoman of the State Department. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

President Trump is considering appointing State Department spokesman Heather Nauert as the United States ambassador to the United Nations, a senior government official said Thursday.

Nauert, a foreign policy novice, joined the state department last year after an anchor and correspondent career at Fox News. She would replace Nikki Haley, who also held the post without any significant foreign policy experience, but had been twice elected governor of South Carolina.

Former journalist for ABC, Nauert joined Fox in 1996, originally as a correspondent, and then as co-host of Fox and Friends. Trump is one of the biggest fans of the series and he often finds his inspiration in the animators' remarks as subjects of his morning tweets.

Nauert left Fox last April after being appointed spokesman for the state department at the start of the then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's tenure.

Both have never established a close working relationship. She did not accompany him on his travels abroad and did not attend meetings with foreign dignitaries. His associates confided to him that it was largely because he considered her a White House loyalist with close ties to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Her first year of work was frustrating and she began to emerge only after Trump fired Tillerson by tweet. On her first trip abroad with a Secretary of State, she traveled to Toronto with Assistant Secretary of State John Sullivan, who was the first diplomat until Mike Pompeo's confirmation.

Under Pompeo, whose views on foreign policy were more in line with Trump's than those of Tillerson, Nauert became part of the inner circle. They met regularly and she usually traveled with Pompeo for trips abroad. He elevated him to the rank of Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, post vacated by Steve Goldstein, who was fired with Tillerson.

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