[Ed. – The media are all predictably concerned with how unusual this would be, given the lack of policy depth in Nauert’s background. But a cipher for the UN position may be just what Trump has in mind. His priority is always his vision and strategy, not filling preexisting roles according to someone else’s script. If he wants to downgrade the UN position — and reportedly he intends to remove it from the list of cabinet-level slots — someone like Nauert is a better fit than a high profile personality, who’d come with expectations of making a mark. Note: the reason for Trump not spilling his guts on exactly what his intentions are should be obvious by now. The media will attack everything he says and does. Why turn his actual policy intentions into new targets?]
President Donald Trump has settled on State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace departing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Nauert, 48, is an unusual choice for the UN role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April 2017 after several years as an anchor and correspondent for Fox News, including on the “Fox and Friends” show watched by Trump. Haley also lacked foreign policy experience when she took the UN posting, but she had twice been elected governor of South Carolina.
Nevertheless, Nauert’s candidacy had the strong support of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who came to trust her as a reliable voice and advocate for Trump’s agenda.