Trump nominates ex-Fox News anchor Nauert as United Nations envoy

Erika Holt
December 8, 2018

Since Haley announced her departure, the USA has become more aggressive in insisting budgets for United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa be frozen or cut.

Experience matters less to the President, an avid fan of Fox News, than Nauert's loyalty to the White House, the fact that she's a woman and her ability to be a polished proxy on television, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

The president said Nauert is "somebody that we know very well" and "has done a great job" as the State Department's press secretary.

A former Fox News presenter and a veteran lawyer who believes that Hillary Clinton should be investigated were chosen by President Trump for plum jobs yesterday.

Conservative lawmakers railed against former President Barack Obama for, as they put it, running foreign policy and national security out of the Oval Office.

Bloomberg reports Ms Nauert was selected among a competitive field of candidates including former White House aide Dina Powell, ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

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"While I'm not denying her credentials or abilities to hold this new position I will say that sexual harassment is about to become an even bigger issue in the White House", Nathaniel Berman wrote in an op-ed for TV Over Mind. "But, I think it [the US ambassador job] is not going to be what it was under Nikki Haley, which was a serious competitor under a vacuum at the NSC [National Security Council] and at the State Department under [former Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson". "It is less clear that she has the experience to hammer out hard deals with China and Russian Federation over problems like Iran and North Korea".

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) slammed Nauert's nomination on Friday, calling her "unqualified and Islamophobic". Nauert's only experience in government, meanwhile, is her current position with the Department of State - which is important to note. He was sarcastically suggesting Fox News personalities drove Trump to select her.

"Those days are definitely behind us, especially since Pompeo and Bolton joined", Pradhan said. Trump doesn't want an United Nations ambassador to advise him - he wants a salesperson in NY.

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"I think that he will be confirmed readily by the Senate", Gingrich said. "She needs to go make some money to pay down some debts", one GOP strategist recently told Roll Call. Her trusted relationship with Trump was clear when he hosted an Oval Office farewell for her and she vowed to campaign for him in 2020.

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