Trump to Name Heather Nauert UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina and her husband Michael Haley at the Golden Temple the holiest of Sikh shrines in Amritsar India

Following the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, reports indicate that U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as her replacement.

During Pompeo's tenure, she has been able to travel on official trips - something Tillerson blocked her from doing - and rose to temporarily hold the position of acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

The administration has also worked through the United Nations to try to find a political solution to the wars in Syria and Yemen, two issues that will confront Nauert.

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley celebrates after winning re-election

Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning.

She is also seen as close to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Nauert was named as the State Department spokeswoman in April 2017.

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He pulled the United States out of the UN human rights body in September, citing bias toward Israel, and his administration has cut funding for the UN refugee agency and previous year proposed US funding cuts for aid and diplomacy that could curb the work of the global body. She was in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others, and she has a seat on the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees government broadcast networks such as Voice of America.

Trump is expected to tweet out announcement naming Nauert as next United Nations ambassador.

Just 18 months ago, she wasn't even in government.

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Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Nauert joined the State Department past year after a career as a television anchor and correspondent at Fox News.

It was reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted. Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year.

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