Sunday, 16 December, 2018

President Trump nominates ex-Fox News reporter for United Nations ambassador role

Heather Trump to name Heather Nauert as UN ambassador tomorrow, reports say
Jeannette Daniel | 08 December, 2018, 05:18

Her rise since then has been stunning. Trump has now named her as his pick to become America´s voice and face at the United Nations.

Haley similarly had little foreign policy experience when appointed, although she had a national name as the governor of SC.

Nauert is said to be close to both those in the White House and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and she has traveled extensively with the secretary, including to North Korea. She also previously worked as a health insurance consultant in Washington, according to her State bio.

If confirmed, the former Fox News Channel reporter who has little foreign policy experience would replace Nikki Haley, a former SC governor who said she was stepping down at the end of the year.

The bottom line is that as a two-term governor and national celebrity Nikki Haley was in a position to insist on a seat at the Cabinet table with Trump, and the neophyte Nauert isn't, which probably helps explain why her State Department boss Pompeo was promoting her candidacy for the gig from the get-go.

As a New York-based anchor and correspondent at the Fox News Channel, Nauert oversaw breaking news, anchored programs, covered global and domestic crises and interviewed senior elected and military officials.

The television-loving president has chosen a series of Fox personalities for high-level posts and consultation.

Nauert had worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005 before joining ABC.

Nauert was criticised last month, when she posted a tourist-style Instagram photo from outside a royal court in Riyadh; she was in Saudi Arabia on an official visit with Pompeo to discuss the fallout from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert arrives for the release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on May 29, 2018, in the Press Briefing Room at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

The contrast between Haley and Nauert's respective credentials and diplomatic experience couldn't be more stark.

He added that colleagues described Nauert as a quick learner who "executed her functions capably".

Who made the better point?

"We need more than a smooth spokesperson".

President Trump said she had done "an incredible job". "I am not even thinking about it", she said.

The D-Day invasion was carried out by the United States and its allies.

According to Daniel Benjamin, a state department counterterrorism coordinator during the Barack Obama administration, Nauert's appointment shows that Trump and his top officials are looking to firmly control U.S. foreign policy.

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