The Trump administration will reportedly nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations next month.
If confirmed, Nauert, 48, would succeed Nikki Haley, who said in October she would be leaving the United Nations post at the end of the year. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.
Trump is expected to tweet out announcement naming Nauert as next United Nations ambassador.
Having the direct support of the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could buttress her image, however, among global diplomats at the United Nations, who have bristled at Trump's "America First" foreign policy.
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Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans.
Nauert did not respond to requests for comment.
In addition to that role, Ms Nauert was appointed acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in March this year. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts.
It was reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted. With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had come to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter. She met with Trump at the end of October, fueling speculation that she had emerged as the president's top choice for the role. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. Nauert is now the spokeswoman for the State Department.