President Donald Trump announced Friday that he intends to nominate State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert to replace outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
“She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all,” Trump told reporters Friday morning.
Nauert has been the State Department spokesperson since April 2017 after working as a broadcast journalist at ABC News and an anchor at Fox News.
Nauert is a Trump insider and has a great relationship with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
“She’s been a supporter for a long time, and she’s really excellent,” Trump said of Nauert in November, when her name surfaced a likely replacement for Haley.
A senior administration official said, “Heather would be an astounding advocate for America at the United Nations. She is smart, she’s so hardworking, she never gives up working on behalf of American values.”
Nauert will have to face a Senate confirmation hearing and be confirmed by the full Senate.