President Donald Trump reportedly wants State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted that his former FNC colleague had been offered the job. Fox News reported that Nauert met with Trump in the Oval Office on Monday.
The former “Fox & Friends” host was named the State Department spokesperson in April 2017, serving under both Secretaries of State Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo. “Earlier this year, she also was named acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs after the dismissal of Steve Goldstein from that post,” according to Fox.
During a news conference at the White House on Thursday, Trump was asked if Nauert had been offered the U.N. ambassador job.
He responded that she “is under very serious consideration” to replace Haley.
“She’s excellent. She’s been with us a long time. She’s been a supporter for a long time. We’ll probably make a decision next week,” Trump said.
He added, “We have a lot of people that want the job, and there are a lot of really great people.”
Haley and Trump announced from the Oval Office last month that she would be leaving the U.N. ambassadorship no later than January 2019.
As Written By USA Today:
The United States has had strong ambassadors to the U.N. before — Jeanne Kirkpatrick, John Negroponte, Tom Pickering and John Bolton come to mind. But they functioned within a system that had a greater structure and constraints than marked Haley’s first year.
In a way Haley was the lone ranger — a charismatic woman with a close relationship with the president and high public approval ratings who spoke out on policy issues from Iran to Syria to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, seemingly without regard to encroaching on the territory of the nearly invisible Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a practically dysfunctional National Security Council.