US President Donald Trump plans to nominate Heather Nauert, the chief State Department spokeswoman, as his next envoy to the United Nations to replace Indian-American Nikki Haley, according to media reports.
Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who is resigning at the end of the year.
Nauert, 48, previously worked as a host at both Fox News and ABC News before joining the State Department, where she has worked very close under Secretary Mike Pompeo on the road.
If her appointment is confirmed she will replace Ms Haley, who had held the role since November 2016.
She has a degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
President Trump has praised her work at the State Department. She was in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others, and she has a seat on the US Agency for Global Media that oversees government broadcast networks such as Voice of America. The job of United Nations ambassador is very different, he said, and usually requires foreign policy or diplomatic expertise or both.
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Mr. Trump told The Washington Times in an interview last month that Ms. Nauert was "under strong consideration" for the post, but he was evaluating other candidates.
Nauert's nomination, which had been widely expected, was confirmed by Trump on December 7.
The net effect is one fewer woman in Trump's official Cabinet. She is a quick study.
Plucked from Fox to be the State Department's public face, Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency's hierarchy when Rex Tillerson was sacked in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo.
Nauert has been a news correspondent since 1998, mostly at Fox News. "So on that level, Nauert's pick is notable", he told Al Jazeera.
"I can promise you what I will be doing is campaigning for this one". Aides on the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees - which would take up the ambassador and attorney general nominations, respectively - said Friday that neither committee will hold confirmation hearings this year, given the limited time left before a new Senate takes over on January 3. "I'm not sure anyone would advise him that the way to solve all his problems is to put a "Fox & Friends" anchor as our top ambassador to the United Nations".
"If I were the State Department's spokesperson, on an official trip to learn more about the dark, dubious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a USA resident, I probably would have skipped the tourist-in-Riyadh photos".