Ex-Fox News anchor to be new United States ambassador to the UN

Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

By selecting State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as his next United Nations ambassador, President Donald Trump has further consolidated his control of America's foreign policy.

Mr Trump has previously said Ms Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down at the end of this year.

"I do think what was particularly important to Bolton and to Pompeo was to have someone who was not going to be an independent actor or a power centre all by herself", Benjamin told MEE.

In October, Haley announced that she was leaving the post by the end of the year.

She told associates in November that she was shocked to be chosen as United Nations ambassador, and recommended a colleague for the job instead.

"We guide all of our students to find their passion and set out to achieve their personal and professional goals".

Nauert has not been the first person from Fox News to be appointed in the Trump administration.

And, last but not least, no one would deny Nauert's attractiveness, which seems crucial in the noble role of being the "US face" and White House policy mouthpiece overseas, doesn't it? If her much more recent experience at the State Department provides such rich fodder for critics, it portends a hard confirmation process ahead.

She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas United States embassies, consulates and other posts.

Nauert covered domestic and global stories as an ABC News correspondent from 2005 to 2007 prior to joining Fox.

On the other hand, while mostly toeing the administration's line at the state department lectern, she has spoken out strongly in support of journalism, at a time the president has referred to the press as the "enemy of the people", and called for accountability for the massacre of Rohingya civilians by Burmese forces while the administration dithered over whether to call the mass killings a genocide. Material from Globe wire services was used in this report.

According to Daniel Benjamin, a state department counterterrorism coordinator during the Barack Obama administration, Nauert's appointment shows that Trump and his top officials are looking to firmly control USA foreign policy.

Without elaborating on the topics, she added, "For the most part he's been very willing to listen and very willing to come around". It was filled temporarily at one point by Trump's current national security adviser John Bolton. "Ambassador Haley was a far more high-level figure, particularly early in the administration".

Nauert´s appointment would reinforce the link between Fox News and Trump, who has been accused of turning to the conservative-leaning channel, rather than experts, for policy advice.

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