Nauert to Become Next UN Ambassador

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Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017.

President Donald Trump has chosen a successor to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and they're a former Fox News anchor.

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. While Haley consistently maintained overt antagonism toward Russia in the United Nations, it's unlikely to get any better with Nauert, the speaker that brought us "Russia has long arms, Russia has lots of tentacles" in regard to the Skripal case, and once refused to answer a reporter's question because she was Russian saying: "Russian?"

Three people familiar with President Trump's decision to name Nauert confirmed the pick, according to the report.

Nikki Haley had announced in October that she was leaving the post by the end of the year. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.

She will face a variety of challenges if confirmed for the job, including championing United States efforts to contain Iran's influence in the Middle East and ensuring the global body maintains tough sanctions on North Korea as Washington tries to negotiate an end to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

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Her appointment to the United Nations role would have to be approved by the US Senate.

Nauert joined the State Department a year ago after a career as a television anchor and correspondent at Fox News.

"She is clearly not qualified for this job, but these days it seems that the most important qualification is that you show up on Donald Trump's TV screen, and if you're successful in that endeavor, then you seem to be a top candidate to get a whole bunch of top positions in the USA government".

While Nauert struggled during the tenure of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - so ostracized from his inner circle that she considered quitting - she could now bring to the United Nations close ties to the White House and a good working relationship with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations.