- President Trump will tweet Friday morning that he is nominating State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, replacing outgoing official Nikki Haley, multiple sources tell Fox News.
Nauert and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Nauert's foreign policy experience is limited to her year-and-a-half tenure as State Department Spokesperson, plus half a year as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, plus one-episode cameo in Fox's foreign-policy drama "24" which is all about worldwide diplomatic crises.
Nauert will probably be pressed on her qualifications by Senate Democrats and could face a contentious confirmation hearing, but needs only a simple majority vote to be elevated to the role. Trump is a regular viewer and one time guest of the show, and Nauert herself has developed a close relationship with Trump's daughter Ivanka. Like Haley, a former SC governor, Nauert would come to the job with little experience in diplomacy.
Nonetheless, during her two-year stint, Haley became a darling of the Trump administration and the pro-Israel community for her vociferous defense of the Jewish state at the United Nations, a body often seen as hostile to Israel.
The announcement would come hours after a resolution championed by Haley condemning the Hamas terror group failed to pass in the General Assembly.
Haley announced in October that she would be resigning as the ambassador to the United Nations.
Bloomberg said Ms Nauert would be an unorthodox choice, given the little experience she had in government or foreign policy before she took up the role at the state department. Now, she is poised to serve as the United States' permanent representative to the UN's 193 member nations.
"There's no personal reason", she said of her departure.
Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are non-binding, but they carry political weight and are seen as a barometer of world opinion.