Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina and her husband Michael Haley at the Golden Temple the holiest of Sikh shrines in Amritsar India

Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina and her husband Michael Haley at the Golden Temple the holiest of Sikh shrines in Amritsar India

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

Nauert's nomination had been rumoured for weeks, and she had started handing over some of her responsibilities as spokeswoman to her deputy, Robert Palladino.

Ms Nauert was made state department spokeswoman in April 2017, her first government position.

Nauert, who came to the State Department from Fox News, was chosen after US President Donald Trump considered a number of other candidates, according to Bloomberg News Thursday night, citing sources in the administration.

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.

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Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a "leading contender" for the position, sources familiar with the selection process said at the time.

Following the vote, Nauert retweeted a comment by United States special envoy Jason Greenblatt condemning the world body's inability to pass the measure, but did not publicly comment herself. 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.

It was reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.

Haley announced in October that she would be resigning as the ambassador to the United Nations. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. She will have to be confirmed by the Senate to become ambassador to the United Nations. All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs.

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