The resignation of Nikki Haley as the Ambassador to the United Nations came as a bit of a surprise, and there were numerous rumors and speculations alike as to who her replacement would be. Several names were in the hat, but if things go the way of President Trump’s preferred nomination, the person to fill the vacancy will be State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
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President Donald Trump has settled on State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace departing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Nauert, 48, is an unusual choice for the UN role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April 2017 after several years as an anchor and correspondent for Fox News, including on the “Fox and Friends” show watched by Trump. Haley also lacked foreign policy experience when she took the UN posting, but she had twice been elected governor of South Carolina.
Nevertheless, Nauert’s candidacy had the strong support of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who came to trust her as a reliable voice and advocate for Trump’s agenda. It was a stark turnaround from the era of Pompeo’s predecessor, Rex Tillerson, who shut her out from his inner circle. She had threatened to quit several times under Tillerson but, thanks partly to her alliance with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, she ended up outlasting her former boss.
“Nauert is a very good public operator, and should do a professional job presenting U.S. policy at the UN,” Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at the United Nations University’s Center for Policy Research, said in an email. “It is less clear that she has the experience to hammer out hard deals with China and Russia over problems like Iran and North Korea.”
Nauert has accepted the job and her nomination will be announced as soon as Friday, said a person familiar with the matter. Nauert didn’t answer repeated calls and emails seeking comment.
If past experience is anything to draw from, President Trump has a good sense of a person’s potential, and he likely sees something special in Ms. Nauert that may not be so readily apparent to the casual onlooker. He continues to break the mold into which the Democrats have tried so hard to cast him (the one of discrimination against the hiring of women). I thought Nikki Haley did a good job for the USA as the Ambassador, so let’s see how this appointment plays out. I’m going to lean heavily towards an optimistic viewpoint.
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