U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he will nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, succeeding outgoing Nikki Haley.
“Heather Nauert will be nominated for the ambassador to the United Nations,’’ Mr Trump told journalists before departing the White House for a conference in the state of Missouri.
Mr Trump praised Ms Nauert as a “very talented, very smart, very quick’’ person, working well with State Secretary Mike Pompeo.
Ms Nauert, a 48-year-old former Fox News presenter, assumed her current post in April 2017.
She was reportedly a “leading contender’’ for the ambassadorship after Ms Haley publicly announced her resignation in October.
Picking Nauert, an Illinois native, to represent the U.S. at the international arena is seen as an unorthodox choice by Trump, as the veteran news presenter had little political or foreign policy-making experience before joining the State Department.
Ms Nauert, following the nomination, will probably face a tough Senate confirmation hearing focused on her qualification.
Nauert has reportedly gained the trust of Mr Pompeo, although journalists covering the State Department complained about the falling frequency of the news briefings under Nauert.
Ms Haley’s resignation announcement almost two months ago came as a surprise to many high-level administration officials.
Ms Haley, who took the job days after Mr Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, said she would remain in the post until the end of this year.