Nauert to Become Next UN Ambassador

Hannah Rogers
December 7, 2018

President Trump has chosen Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations, three sources with knowledge of the decision told CBS News.

Nauert became the State Department spokesperson in April 2017 and, earlier this year, was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Now, she is poised to serve as the United States' permanent representative to the UN's 193 member nations.

Two administration officials also confirmed Trump's plans to the Associated Press.

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.

Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who has held the post since the beginning of Trump's administration.

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She would be taking the position amid a roster of thorny global challenges, ranging from North Korea's nuclear program to Yemen's starvation and the growing divide between the USA and its closest allies over the Iran nuclear deal, climate change and other issues.

Trump has been known to change course on staffing decisions in the past.

He pulled the United States out of the UN human rights body in September, citing bias towards Israel, and his administration has cut funding for the UN refugee agency and previous year proposed USA funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or worldwide relations.

Trump told reporters last month the former Fox News anchor was "under very serious consideration".

Nevertheless, Nauert has gained Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's trust after being excluded from the inner circle of his predecessor, Rex Tillerson. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar previous year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped.

The president considered Nauert for the position among a list of potential nominees that included former White House aide Dina Powell and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.

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