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Heather Nauert 'to replace Nikki Haley as USA envoy to UN'

Heather Nauert 'to replace Nikki Haley as USA envoy to UN'

President Trump will tweet Friday morning that he is nominating State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, replacing outgoing official Nikki Haley, multiple sources tell Fox News. Nauert would need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking up the role.

Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president.

Nauert, who came to the State Department from Fox News, was chosen after US President Donald Trump considered a number of other candidates, according to Bloomberg News Thursday night, citing sources in the administration.

If confirmed, Nauert, 48, would succeed Nikki Haley, who said in October she would be leaving the United Nations post at the end of the year.

Nauert became the state department spokeswoman in April 2017 and this year was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

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He added: "She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time, really - excellent".

She is also seen as close to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. Now, she is poised to serve as the United States' permanent representative to the UN's 193 member nations.

A former news reporter for ABC, she joined Fox in 1996, originally as a correspondent and later as a co-host for Fox and Friends. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts. She met with Trump at the end of October, fueling speculation that she had emerged as the president's top choice for the role.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration".