Pres. Trump Names Heather Nauert As Next U.S. Ambassador To The U.N.
President Trump has chosen Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, he said Friday morning. Nauert is currently the spokeswoman for the State Department.
Mr. Trump made the announcement Friday morning, calling her "very talented, very smart, very quick."
Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president.
"I can promise you what I will be doing is campaigning for this one. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election," Haley said at a press conference while sitting next to Mr. Trump.
If Heather Nauert is confirmed, she will be taking the position at a challenging time for the U.N. because the Trump administration has cut funding of many programs and withdrawn from several international agreements.
Nauert would become the U.S. top multilateral negotiator as the the powerful 15-nation Security Council is stymied on many of the world's biggest crises, including non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, the conflict in Syria, on how to handle North Korea, on Russian aggression in Ukraine, on the Middle East, and most recently on the crisis in Yemen, CBS News' Pamela Falk reports from the U.N.
The U.N. has had several female ambassadors from the U.S. The post is not always a Cabinet-level position.