Trump to name former Fox anchor Heather Nauert as next United Nations ambassador

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department

President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as USA ambassador to the United Nations, a source familiar with his decision said on Thursday, tapping someone with no prior policy or political experience to deal with some of the world's thorniest issues.

Nauert's nomination had been rumoured for weeks, and she had started handing over some of her responsibilities as spokeswoman to her deputy, Robert Palladino.

She was a reporter for Fox News Channel before she became State Department spokeswoman under former secretary Rex Tillerson.

Current ambassador Nikki Haley announced in October she would leave the post at the end of 2018.

Before taking on the role of State Department spokeswoman, Nauert was employed as a Fox News anchor and correspondent.

Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning, according to Fox News.

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. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

That means Nauert would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the United Nations and within the administration, and as a result, would pose nowhere near the challenge to national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly or Pompeo. She will have to be confirmed by the Senate to become ambassador to the United Nations.

The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in US diplomacy. With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had come to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter.A graduate of Keith Country Day School in Rockford, Nauert is the daughter of the late Peter W. Nauert who led Pioneer Life Insurance Co. of IL.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as "a team player" and "a strong asset for the administration".

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