Trump has found a replacement for UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

Trump has found a replacement for UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

Trump has found a replacement for UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as USA ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with his decision said on Thursday, tapping someone with no prior policy or political experience to deal with some of the world's thorniest issues.

Ms Nauert worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005 and, after two years away during which she worked for ABC, she returned to Fox in 2007, later becoming a presenter for Fox & Friends.

Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning, according to Fox News.

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be "taking names" of countries that oppose Trump's foreign policy, particularly regarding Israel.

Bloomberg said Ms Nauert would be an unorthodox choice, given the little experience she had in government or foreign policy before she took up the role at the state department.

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Two administration officials also confirmed Trump's plans to the Associated Press. Nauert was then appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and was for a time the highest-ranking woman and fourth highest-ranking official in the building.

A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nauert, who earlier this year had been considered a possible successor to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, gained experience on diplomacy by working at the State Department, but she lacks the political and policy credentials of Haley, a former SC governor.

That role gave her responsibilities far beyond the news conferences she held in the State Department briefing room.

Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year.

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