Ex-Fox News anchor to be new U.S. ambassador to the UN
Dec 08 2018
Much of the initial reaction to Nauert's appointment concerned itself with her extremely limited foreign policy background, and the possibility that her main credential was her experience as anchor on Trump's very favorite television show, Fox & Friends.
President Trump is expected to announce Friday that he has chosen Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman and a former Fox News host, to become the next ambassador to the United Nations, a senior administration official tells NPR's Tamara Keith.
She also got a major promotion, becoming the acting under-secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, the fourth highest official at the State Department. "Heather plays a key role in advancing USA foreign policy & I look forward to her speedy confirmation".
Nauert, 48, had been touted for the post since October when Haley, a former governor of SC seen as entertaining future political ambitions, announced that she was stepping down.
ABC News reported in November that Ms Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.
Nauret posted a cutesy tourist picture form the country, which was criticized as inappropriate given the reason for her visit was to investigate the murder of an American resident.
"Truly no one believes me: I am not even thinking about it", Haley said.
Danon also paid tribute to Haley, who made tackling United Nations bias against Israel a key priority during her tenure.
Haley herself arrived at the United Nations with little foreign policy experience beyond promoting global investments in SC.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who serves on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement he would "demand that Mr. Barr make a firm and specific commitment to protect the Mueller investigation, operate independently of the White House, and uphold the rule of law".
Heather Nauert, who earlier this year had been considered a possible successor to White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, gained experience on diplomacy by working at the State Department, but she lacks the political and policy credentials of Ms Haley, who is a former governor of SC.
"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.
The New York Times said Nauert is just the latest Fox News personality to be recruited or elevated by Trump.
But the Senate, which alone needs to confirm Nauert, is still under the control of Trump´s Republican Party.
According to CAIR, while at Fox News, Nauert interviewed "notorious Islamophobes", including Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney and Nonie Darwish.
"I don't think Haley is thinking about running in 2020". Haley successfully argued for a cabinet-level post and wielded broad influence, carving out her own authority separate from Tillerson.
She will need confirmation by the Senate, where Trump's Republican Party enjoys a majority. The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are.