The Trump administration will reportedly nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations next month. Before this, she worked as an ABC News correspondent and as an anchor on the Fox News program, Fox and Friends.
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.
The decision could be announced as early as Friday, the source said, requesting anonymity.
Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be "taking names" of countries that oppose Trump's foreign policy, particularly regarding Israel. Nauert beat out other contenders for the position including: former White House advisor Dina Powell, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.
Still, with Trump, no staffing decision is final until he makes the formal announcement, since he has been known to change course in the past. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or global relations.
While the senator acknowledged that Nauert does have State Department experience, he pointed out that "she has no experience as a diplomat", also arguing that she beings to the table "no meaningful experience in the government".
The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in USA diplomacy. Since mid-October, she had rarely been seen by reporters at the State Department as Palladino took the lead. She met with Trump at the end of October, fueling speculation that she had emerged as the president's top choice for the role.
Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.