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Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said Thursday.

Nauert will probably be pressed on her qualifications by Senate Democrats and could face a contentious confirmation hearing, but needs only a simple majority vote to be elevated to the role. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. Since mid-October, she had rarely been seen by reporters at the State Department as Palladino took the lead.

Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans.

The president is weighing a number of other end-of-year staff changes, including replacing Chief of Staff John Kelly, two of Trump's advisers said on Thursday.

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

From Fox & Friends to the State Department, and now likely to the United Nations. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts.

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. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations.

Nauert was camera-ready when she came to the State Department in April 2017, having worked at ABC and Fox. Trump is a regular viewer and one time guest of the show, and Nauert herself has developed a close relationship with Trump's daughter Ivanka.

"She's excellent. She's been with us a long time", Trump said of Nauert last month. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar previous year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped.