Trump nominates ex-Fox News anchor Nauert as United Nations envoy

Heather Nauert is Trump's top choice for UN ambassador

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.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week that Heather Nauert is his pick to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations.

During Pompeo's tenure, she has been able to travel on official trips - something Tillerson blocked her from doing - and rose to temporarily hold the position of acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

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.

Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who is resigning at the end of the year. But now, her experience in that State Department role is coming back to haunt her as well.

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A key question with Nauert, 48, will be whether the president keeps the United Nations envoy job as a cabinet-level position, or downgrades it to report through Pompeo, as other administrations have sometimes done.

Danon also paid tribute to Haley, who made tackling United Nations bias against Israel a key priority during her tenure. Haley was also a diplomatic novice - though she did arrive in NY with the six years experience of running SC as governor. "She is a fine and capable person", Graham said, adding that she had the confidence of Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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.

Ahead of the vote, the U.S. ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

"Our foreign policy is a mess and the president was laughed at through his last speech to the UN", Senate Foreign Relations member Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., told CNN.

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Before working for Fox, she was a network correspondent for ABC News.

Ms. Nauert will also have to be confirmed by the Senate.

In her new role, Nauert would be responsible for maintaining worldwide support for economic sanctions against North Korea and continuing the Trump administration's unflinching support for Israel in the face of mounting scrutiny at the United Nations.

"I don't think Haley is thinking about running in 2020".

Ms Haley has served almost two years in the post. "Haley has done representing your administration and the American people".

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Nauert has also taken criticism over her years of experience as a Fox News anchor, which some argue are a poor substitute for diplomatic experience.

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