Following the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, reports indicate that U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as her replacement.
Trump will send a tweet on Friday morning about choosing Nauert to replace the outgoing United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October, Fox News reported, citing multiple sources.
"I expect to continue to speak out from time to time on important public policy matters, but I will surely not be a candidate for any office in 2020", she wrote.
Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a "leading contender" for the position, sources familiar with the selection process said at the time.
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- With files from the Associated Press.
A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.
The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in USA diplomacy. She never traveled with and was not close to her first boss at the department, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 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. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar previous year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration".