Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Trump nominates ex-Fox News anchor Nauert as United Nations envoy

Israel welcomes nomination of Heather Nauert as next US envoy to the UN Trump to name Heather Nauert as UN ambassador tomorrow, reports say
Andrew Cummings | 08 December, 2018, 15:35

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.

President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as USA ambassador to the United Nations, two White House officials said yesterday, tapping someone with no prior policy or political experience to deal with some of the world's thorniest issues. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

Nikki Haley announced in October that she was stepping down from her position in the Trump administration as United Nations ambassador.

Nauert became the State Department spokeswoman in April 2017, and earlier this year was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Haley herself arrived at the United Nations with little foreign policy experience beyond promoting global investments in SC.

A Columbia journalism school graduate and former ABC reporter, Ms. Nauert had two stints at Fox News, the first of which started in 1998 as a reporter.

"She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time", Trump told reporters on November 1. Current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has a documented history of spewing Islamophobic comments and has been associated with hate groups.

"Pompeo's Brussels speech trashing the United Nations this week lowered our expectations for USA policy at the United Nations, whoever is ambassador", Gowan said.

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Nauert, 48, rose to fame at the time the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal threatened to bring down Bill Clinton's presidency, joining Fox News as one of a chorus of presidential critics.

She will have to be confirmed by the Senate to become ambassador to the United Nations. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.

She also faced criticism for using D-Day as an example of the strong relationship between the United States and Germany.

He added that colleagues described Nauert as a quick learner who "executed her functions capably". "Many of our students choose a path of service to others, so we are thrilled to have played a part in Heather Nauert's impressive career and wish her success in her new role", Zinnar-Shavit said in an e-mail.

According to CAIR, while at Fox News, Nauert interviewed "notorious Islamophobes", including Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney and Nonie Darwish. "So on that level, Nauert's pick is notable", he told Al Jazeera.

Trump has long praised Fox News, especially the "Fox & Friends" program.

"I did not know him until recently when I went through the process of looking at people", Mr. Trump said.

If she accepts the position, she could likely face tough questioning during her Senate confirmation hearings about her apparent lack of diplomatic or policymaking experience.

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