Cabinet shake-up: Trump picks attorney general, United Nations envoy

Sunday, 09 Dec, 2018

Trump's nominee to be the next USA ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert.

Ms Nauert's perfectly young looks, good shape and the dazzling smile have long won her a fair bit of fame, even long before the blonde member of the Council of Foreign Relations and proud holder of a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University was readying to enter the White House in the role of State Department spokeswoman.

Nauert has also taken criticism over her years of experience as a Fox News anchor, which some argue are a poor substitute for diplomatic experience. "He will provide a strong and steady hand to the fine men and women at the Department of Justice", Graham said in a statement, adding, "I will do everything in my power to push him through the Senate Judiciary Committee and onto the floor of the Senate for eventual confirmation as soon as possible". Nauert's job as spokeswoman at State is "to read talking points and explain policy", McFaul tweeted.

Conservative lawmakers railed against former President Barack Obama for, as they put it, running foreign policy and national security out of the Oval Office. That means Nauert could be overshadowed by Pompeo or Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, who had the United Nations job in 2005 and 2006. After former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked this year, she was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. In a speech in Brussels this week, Pompeo made his doubts about the organization clear, asking, "Does it continue to serve its mission faithfully?"

Despite Nauert's TV savvy, however, current and former colleagues wonder if she will be prepared or equipped to navigate the gritty behind the scenes work of United Nations negotiations. "But these days it seems the most important qualification is that you show up on Donald Trump's TV screen".

Heather Nauert, 48, has been nominated as USA ambassador to the United Nations, capping a swift rise through the administration's ranks.

The interview also provided no new insight into why she resigned, in a move that reportedly "shocked" the administration's top officials.

Cabinet shake-up: Trump picks attorney general, United Nations envoy
Cabinet shake-up: Trump picks attorney general, United Nations envoy

She's a communicator by trade and training - she's being sent to sell the "America first" president's unique foreign policy approach to the rest of the world.

At the time, Trump, alongside Haley, said in a meeting with reporters,"She's done a fantastic job, and we've done a fantastic job together".

As a Fox News host, Nauert once declared that she would buy Trump's daughter Ivanka's products after the chain of luxury department stores Nordstrom announced that it was closing down the line.

The Illinois native would follow in the footsteps of Haley, a former governor of South Carolina; Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize victor; Susan Rice, a Rhodes Scholar; and former National Security Council and national security officials such as Madeleine Albright.

"I told her, 'God made you lovely. She needs to go make some money to pay down some debts", one GOP strategist recently told Roll Call.

Sessions was an enforcer of much of the Trump administration's hardline approach on immigration and regularly praised the President's tough words on crime.