Trump to name Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador tomorrow, reports say

Trump to name Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador tomorrow, reports say

Sources are indicating US President Donald Trump has made the previously-hinted-at decision to replace retiring United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley with foreign-policy newcomer Heather Nauert.

Her appointment to the United Nations role would have to be approved by the US Senate. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning.

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 Haley, a former SC governor.

The administration has also worked through the United Nations to try to find a political solution to the wars in Syria and Yemen, two issues that will confront Nauert.

Plucked from Fox by the White House to serve as State Department spokeswoman, Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency's hierarchy when Tillerson was sacked in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo.

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.

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Haley unexpectedly announced her resignation in October and promised to serve in her role through the end of 2018.

"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.

Ahead of the vote, the U.S. ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in US diplomacy.

Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump's favorite television show, "Fox & Friends", when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration's foreign policy.

Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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