President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said Thursday.
Trump has previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down at the end of this year.
While the senator acknowledged that Nauert does have State Department experience, he pointed out that "she has no experience as a diplomat", also arguing that she beings to the table "no meaningful experience in the government".
Nuart was brought on to the administration after providing commentary on "Fox and Friends" on what appears to be Trump's favorite cable news network. Nauert beat out other contenders for the position including: former White House advisor Dina Powell, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.
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Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.
A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Israeli leaders nonetheless thanked her and feted the results as proof of wide support for Israel's position.
It was reported in November that Nauert had been offered the job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted. According to her State Department biography, she worked at ABC News prior to her time at Fox, and before that spent a term as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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But Trump has also used the United Nations to try to advance his foreign policy agenda on Iran and North Korea.
Her appointment to the United Nations role would have to be approved by the US Senate.
Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
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