Trump Picks Former 'FOX & Friends' Correspondent Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador

08 December, 2018, 05:22 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Reports Trump Will Pick Heather Nauert to Be UN Ambassador

President Trump said Friday he would nominate Nauert, 48, who is a former Fox News anchorwoman.

In announcing his decision, Trump said Nauert was "very talented, very smart, very quick".

Unlike the current ambassador, Nikki Haley, Nauert is not expected to be given cabinet status, downgrading the role to being largely a mouthpiece for the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the national security adviser, John Bolton - both of whom are deeply sceptical of the UN's usefulness.

Nauert assumed the new high-profile role after holding just one position in government, that of State Department spokesperson, which she held from late April 2017 until now, but this was apparently more than outweighed by her extensive journalistic experience.

File photo of Heather Nauert.

Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who is resigning at the end of the year.

Nauert is a native of Rockford, Illinois.

Trump announced the nomination in brief remarks to reporters. She subsequently returned to Fox in 2007 and became a presenter for its 'Fox & Friends'.


In 2016, she tweeted a New York Times story on Muslim Americans' concerns about the rise of Trump, writing: "Omg-They should meet #ISIS".

Trump's decision was first reported by Bloomberg News and if confirmed Nauert is likely face a "tough" Senate confirmation hearing.

"Those I know who work with her remark frequently that she is more open than most Trump appointees to listening to and working with career diplomats", said Brett Bruen, who served as White House director of global engagement under former president Barack Obama.

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. It also talks about how, despite Nauert being "TV savvy", her current and former colleagues have wondered if she will be fit for the top post which will require her to navigate gritty behind-the-scenes work of United Nations negotiations.

He said she lacks experience and that her loyalty to Trump and experience as an anchor on his favorite cable news network are insufficient qualifications.

Haley told The Weekly Standard she would remain in NY for the next two years so her son could finish high school there, and she wanted to remain an active voice on foreign policy.

The Washinton Post also quoted former state department official Brett Bruen as saying, "While Haley didn't bring foreign policy experience, she ran a state".

Recommended:

  • China promises prompt action on US trade pact

    China promises prompt action on US trade pact

    China is fully confident that it can reach a trade deal with the US within the 90 days set for talks, Gao said. Trump also warned this week of more tariffs if the two sides could not resolve their differences.
    Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa wins Walter Camp, Maxwell awards

    Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa wins Walter Camp, Maxwell awards

    Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns to four interceptions and has completed almost 68 percent of his passes. Had a string of 194 passes without an interception starting in the third quarter of January's title game with Georgia.
    Deontay Wilder broke arm before Tyson Fury boxing bout

    Deontay Wilder broke arm before Tyson Fury boxing bout

    Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said May or June might be more likely, giving the fighters more time to recover. Fury wasn't asked about the pledge following his controversial draw with Wilder.
  • Former President George HW Bush has passed away

    Former President George HW Bush has passed away

    Former President Barack Obama said in a statement: "America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush". While Mr Trump spoke graciously of Mr Bush, he has not always been so kind to the former president or his family. "George H.W.
    NASA Released Breathtaking New Images From The Surface Of Mars

    NASA Released Breathtaking New Images From The Surface Of Mars

    InSight science team member Tom Pike says the lander acts like a giant ear as the solar panels respond to the wind. These instruments will be the first ever to be robotically placed on the surface of another planet.
    Two Former MLB Players Killed in Car Accident

    Two Former MLB Players Killed in Car Accident

    The Cubs claimed the left-handed hitting Valbuena from the Blue Jays at the start of the 2012 season. He recorded a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 RBI during his career.
  • Avengers 4 trailer to be released tomorrow?

    Avengers 4 trailer to be released tomorrow?

    This would mean that, for the first time, fans of the MCU will be privy to an unprecedented three trailers in one week. Bush, or arriving right on schedule, depending on your opinion.
    Tyler Perry pays off more than $430,000 in layaways ahead of Christmas

    Tyler Perry pays off more than $430,000 in layaways ahead of Christmas

    Spreading the wealth to those is need is no new act for Perry, as all throughout 2018, he has practiced this gesture. Perry shared a video on Twitter announcing that he paid off all the layaways at two Walmart stores on Thursday.
    Stocks battered by Wall Street, fears of U.S.  slowdown

    Stocks battered by Wall Street, fears of U.S. slowdown

    Regardless of other possible reasons, "it is mainly indicative of worries about how long growth in the US can remain so strong". Rather, I suggest there should not be a Fed at all and interest rates should be left to the free market.
  • Aston Martin Has Made A Reversible Electric Powertrain For Classics

    Aston Martin Has Made A Reversible Electric Powertrain For Classics

    Aston Martin says that its process to convert classic Aston cars to EV drivetrains is a way to future-proof the classic cars. Aston Martin reckons it has the answer in the form of a "cassette" electric powertrain.
    Hawaiian monk seal has eel removed from its nose

    Hawaiian monk seal has eel removed from its nose

    A monk seal in Hawaii was photographed with an eel stuck up its nose - and you're going to be obsessed with it. The removal process took less than a minute and while the seal was uninjured, the eel wasn't so lucky.
    What Phillies are getting with Jean Segura trade?

    What Phillies are getting with Jean Segura trade?

    He posted a career-high.304 batting average with a career-low strikeout mark to go with 178 hits, 10 homers and 63 RBIs. Crawford, the 13th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, played 49 games for the Phillies previous year .


Popular

A Seattle woman died of an infection after using her neti pot
According to the CDC , most brain infections from amoebas are associated with swimming in warm freshwater lakes and rivers . Cobbs says the woman carried an amoeba called Balamuthia mandrillaris that kills the brain cells slowly over time .

Cavs Receive Matthew Dellavedova From Bucks in Multi-Player Trade
Both Henson and Dellavedova, who won a title with the Cavs in 2016, have one year and about $10 million left on their contracts. The Cavs remain active in trade talks and according to Fedor , are "willing to take on extra salary" for more draft picks.

Fiat Panda scores zero stars in latest Euro NCAP safety tests
Watch the Panda and Wrangler crash tests below and head over to Euro NCAP's YouTube channel to view the rest... While the Panda originally received 80 per cent for adult protection, the latest test rated it at 45 per cent.

How Cardinals Trade for Paul Goldschmidt Impacts NL Central Race
This past season, he hit.290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI in 690 plate appearances while playing above-average defense. The team might be looking to make another splash this winter after missing the playoffs for the past three seasons.

Here’s how to watch SpaceX’s Dragon take off for the space station
The flurry of activity continued on Tuesday when an Ariane 5 rocket carried two large satellites to geostationary transfer orbit. When asked if the booster would be reused, Musk replied , "We may use it for an internal SpaceX mission".

Arsenal players filmed inhaling laughing gas
The North London club sit in fifth in the Premier League table, only behind fourth-placed Chelsea on goal difference. The party appears to have taken place just days before the start of the Premier League season in August.

United Nations to Vote on Haley's Last Stand: Condemning Hamas
The vote on the resolution was 87-57 in favor with 33 abstentions, a majority below the two-thirds that was required. Haley said that, in an average year, the UN General Assembly votes on a resolution opposing Israel twenty times.

WatchOS 5.1.2 is Available Today, Brings ECG and Irregular Heartbeat Detection
The all-important watchOS 5.1.2 update is rolling out now, so you should have it on your smartwatch over the next couple of days. It's available for Series 1 devices and newer that are paired to iOS devices running iOS 12.1.1 and higher.

German conservatives to replace Merkel with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as party head
Regardless of which course the CDU charts, it is ironically the SPD that could decide Merkel's fate. The victor will likely lead the CDU in the next federal election due by October 2021.

Trump Mulling Former US Attorney General Barr to Replace Jeff Sessions
At least one other contender who has received serious consideration from the White House, according to the person, is Rep. Barr shares at least one of the president's views on the probe being conducted by special counsel Robert S.