Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman as next United Nations ambassador

Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be UN ambassador

President Trump will tweet Friday morning that he is nominating State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, replacing outgoing official Nikki Haley, multiple sources tell Fox News.

Nauert would replace current ambassador Nikki Haley, who plans to leave her post at the end of the year, according to Bloomberg News.

It was reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.

Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president.

A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Nonetheless, during her two-year stint, Haley became a darling of the Trump administration and the pro-Israel community for her vociferous defense of the Jewish state at the United Nations, a body often seen as hostile to Israel.

Nauert has been serving as a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department since 2017, appointed by Trump to work under former secretary Rex Tillerson.

She is also seen as close to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in US diplomacy. She was in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others, and she has a seat on the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees government broadcast networks such as Voice of America.

Nauert, whose nomination would require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor. With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had come to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience.

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