US President Donald Trump on Friday nominated State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as his next ambassador to the United Nations - a swift elevation for a supporter who had no diplomatic experience until past year.
She became the State Department's spokeswoman in April 2017 and was named earlier this year as the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. But after a year and a half explaining State Department positions, Nauert now has more foreign policy experience than Haley did when she became the USA ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump told reporters last month the former Fox News anchor was "under very serious consideration".
Nauert will arrive at the United Nations at a time when the Trump's administration's attitude to the organisation, always sceptical, is turning disdainful following the arrival of Bolton in the White House in March. Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the UN, may want a more junior person in the role so as to de-emphasize the importance of the relationship between the United States and the United Nations.
FILE - President Donald Trump meets with outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in the Oval Office of the White House, Oct. 9, 2018.
If confirmed by the Senate, the former Fox News anchor would replace Nikki Haley.
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Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center says Nauert has a different profile from past USA ambassadors to the United Nations.
At the end of Uri Friedman's interview with her for The Atlantic, the reporter asked Haley what her campaign slogan would be in 2024. It was filled temporarily at one point by Trump's current national security adviser John Bolton.
"When you talk about Germany, we have a very strong relationship with the Government of Germany", Nauert said, and mentioned the anniversary of the post-World War II Marshall Plan. Before joining the State Department, Nauert did not have any previous government or diplomatic experience. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations.
Nauret now faces Senate approval and will need to tackle questions on her lack of experience in the field.
In its first two years, the Trump administration has pulled out of the U.N. scientific, educational and cultural organization UNESCO, the U.N. Human Rights Council and threatened to leave the International Postal Union. With Mike Pompeo in charge of State, Nauert has been on the road much more.
Experience matters less to the President, an avid fan of Fox News, than Nauert's loyalty to the White House, the fact that she's a woman and her ability to be a polished proxy on television, according to sources familiar with his thinking.