President Trump has reportedly selected another woman to replace outgoing Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
According to Fox News, Trump’s choice for the top administration spot is a former Fox News anchor and current State Department spokeswoman. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Heather Nauert is “expected to be nominated.”
Nauert, 48, has been serving in the State Department since April 2017. She is also the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
The Illinois native has an education in journalism, has been an ABC News correspondent, and has worked as a government affairs consultant in Washington, D.C., according to a Fox News profile page. She has worked for Fox News at two different times in her career.
According to The Hill, the Trump administration had not yet confirmed Trump’s pick of Nauert as of 3 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. She has been on his shortlist of candidates.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, announced in early October that she wanted to “take a break” from public service and would be leaving the ambassador position that she’s held since shortly after Trump’s inauguration.
“She’s done an incredible job. She’s a fantastic person, very importantly, but she also is somebody that gets it,” Trump said when he announced her upcoming resignation, The Atlantic reported.
“She got to know the players,” he continued. “She got to know China, Russia, India. She knows everybody on a very first-name basis, and they like her. Except for maybe a couple, which is normal, they can’t all like you, but they do.”
Haley is expected to stay in office until the end of the year. She called her time as ambassador “the honor of a lifetime.”
“You know, I said, I am such a lucky girl to have been able to lead the state that raised me and to serve a country I love so very much,” she said in response to Trump’s statement. “It has really been a blessing, and I want to thank you for that.”
“Now the United States is respected,” she continued. “Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do. They know that if we say we’re going to do something, we follow it through.”
She was still on the job on Thursday.
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