State spokeswoman Trump's expected choice for UN ambassador


President Trump announced Friday morning that he has chosen Heather Nauert, a State Department spokesperson, to fill the role.

The former Fox News host's precipitous rise since arriving at the State Department in 2017 sets the stage for a potentially tough Senate confirmation hearing, where Democrats will likely grill Nauert on her qualifications for the position.

During her tenure as a State Department spokeswoman, Nauert largely stuck to the department's official script, often deflecting questions about U.S. allies, including Israel. Aides on the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees - which would take up the ambassador and attorney general nominations, respectively - said Friday that neither committee will hold confirmation hearings this year, given the limited time left before a new Senate takes over on January 3.

"I told her, 'God made you attractive".

Others, including former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, criticized the choice. Here are three takeaways from Nauert's nomination.

United Nations diplomats say that behind the scenes negotiations are central to an ambassador's job, and that presentation skills are also important.

If she gets confirmed, it is unclear if Trump will plan to keep the United Nations ambassador as a Cabinet position, a status that would give Nauret more influence in the administration.

"I've known Heather for many years".

"I look forward to having him join our very successful Administration!" he added on Twitter.

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Trump has previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down at the end of this year.

Schaefer notes, though, that Trump already has a team in place that he relies on for help in crafting foreign policy -Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. She also would be going up against foreign counterparts like the United Nations representatives from Russian Federation and China, who each have decades of experience in diplomacy.

Because of her inexperience in diplomacy and short political resume, Nauert may face difficulty securing the job. "Haley has done representing your administration and the American people". The announcement was made by a source familiar with Trump's decision, reported Reuters. The measure won a large majority, but not enough to secure the two-thirds needed for it to pass.

The Illinois native would follow in the footsteps of Haley, a former governor of South Carolina; Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize victor; Susan Rice, a Rhodes Scholar; and former National Security Council and national security officials such as Madeleine Albright. She is a quick study. She called the job an honor of a lifetime and said she wants to let someone else take it. "Haley had a lot of autonomy, with Tillerson largely absent, she had the ambition and leeway to drive USA policy".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. "I have great confidence in her".

Nauert would need to be confirmed by the US Senate, but if she passes that hurdle, she would become a top voice for Trump's foreign policy.

President Trump has praised her work at the State Department. She's also close to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Mueller was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001 to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a job he held for 12 years.

Haley is the first Indian-American to ever appointed to a Cabinet position in any USA presidential administration.