Trump expected to pick Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be his new ambassador to the United Nations, positioning a relatively inexperienced newcomer in one of the most high-profile positions in U.S. diplomacy, according to an administration official and a second source.

According to her State Department biography, she worked at ABC News prior to her time at Fox, and before that spent a term as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Trump had a fractious relationship with Nauert's first boss, the former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, but continued to hold a favorable view of the state department's top spokeswoman.

If confirmed, she would replace outgoing ambassador, Nikki Haley, who is set to leave the post at the end of the year. Trump is one of the show's biggest fans, and he often finds inspiration in the hosts' remarks as topics for his morning tweets. Chris Murphy (D-CT) bashed Nauert as lacking in expertise, believing her to be the wrong choice for President Donald Trump's administration.

"She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time", he said at the time.

She became the State Department spokeswoman in April last year and, earlier this year, was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. Trump is expected to announce the nomination on Friday.

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Two administration officials also confirmed Trump's plans to the Associated Press.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in USA diplomacy.

She would be taking the position amid a roster of thorny global challenges, ranging from North Korea's nuclear program to Yemen's starvation and the growing divide between the U.S. and its closest allies over the Iran nuclear deal, climate change and other issues.

Trump had previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Haley, though he's been known to change course on staffing in the past.

A key question with Nauert will be whether the president keeps the United Nations envoy job as a Cabinet-level position, or downgrades it to report through Pompeo, as other administrations have sometimes done.

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