Trump nominates ex-Fox News anchor Nauert as United Nations envoy

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

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Nauert, who has shown poise in front of the cameras and mostly avoided gaffes, would succeed Nikki Haley, a former SC governor seen as entertaining ambitions for higher political office.

Trump describes Nauert to reporters as "very talented" and "very smart".

"I think there's a real sense that she can communicate effectively". Haley was also a diplomatic novice - though she did arrive in NY with the six years experience of running SC as governor.

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

She has been chief spokeswoman for the State Department since April a year ago, having been poached from Fox.

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With her vast expertise in TV journalism, including eight years at Fox News and at least three at ABC, Ms Nauert certainly knows how to behave in public and deliver neat and well-targeted speeches.

"If Nauert is nominated and approved, people will be interested to see whether she's willing and able to do the diplomatic toil or whether she will see this as an extension of the spokesman position and focus more on presentation of USA position before the Security Council", said Gowan.

If she accepts the position, she could likely face tough questioning during her Senate confirmation hearings about her apparent lack of diplomatic or policymaking experience.

But the Senate, which alone needs to confirm Nauert, is still under the control of Trump´s Republican Party. The latter is Trump's favorite cable news network, which helped her land the State Department job.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council at UN headquarters. She will learn the brief. Nauert had little foreign policy experience before taking the podium as spokeswoman for the State Department.

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Nauert has laid relatively low in the administration.

"With Pompeo more firmly in control and Bolton focused on his anti-multilateral agenda, there's a sense the United States ambassador will have less clout", Gowan said.

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

Nauert, a former Fox News host, has seen a meteoric rise in the Trump administration, but that apparently does not equal Cabinet rank.

"She is obviously extremely knowledgeable and well-versed in the foreign policy of this administration and has answered questions and defended it in front of a number of different press inquiries", Schaefer said. That means Nauert could be overshadowed by Pompeo or Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, who had the United Nations job in 2005 and 2006. He too was a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations - and caught Trump´s eye as a commentator on Fox News. "Haley has done representing your administration and the American people".

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