President Donald Trump has reportedly asked Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman and one of the US’s highest-ranking diplomats, to replace Nikki Haley as the US’s ambassador to the UN.
Haley abruptly resigned in October — a move she said she had discussed with Trump for months — and is set to leave by the end of the year.
The Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts reported Thursday afternoon that a senior Trump administration official had informed him that Nauert was offered the post.
CNN reported earlier on Thursday that the president had told his top advisers that he would most likely offer the job to Nauert.
Nauert, 48, has for months balanced two high-profile positions at the State Department. And while she is generally well-liked by her colleagues, many have described her as underqualified and overloaded with responsibilities.
There has never before been a State Department spokesperson who has simultaneously served as undersecretary for public affairs and public diplomacy, a top-ranking post that directs strategic messaging, promotes cross-cultural exchanges, and oversees the Global Engagement Center, which fights foreign propaganda.
And unlike most of her predecessors in both roles, Nauert, a former Fox News host, arrived in Washington without experience in foreign policy, government, or politics.