Trump to replace Nikki Haley at U.N. with Heather Nauert

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump will replace Nikki Haley, with State Department spokesman Heather Nauert, a political novice, according to a senior administration official.

The appointment of Nauert has been anticipated for weeks. Before joining the Trump administration in her inaugural role in public service, Nauert worked as a Fox News anchor, gaining Trump’s attention.

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She has since impressed the State Department for her professionalism and rapid education on a host of foreign policy matters.

Nauert is expected to follow in the footsteps of Haley, who convinced Trump to elevate the UN ambassador position to a cabinet-level role and who was able to battle with the president on a series of issues without losing his confidence.

Haley has become an all-star in the Israel advocacy community for her offensive approach to anti-Israel bias in international fora— an approach Nauert is expected to emulate, according to two officials familiar with her thinking.

Trump gave Haley a rare, dignified send-off in October in the Oval Office, praising her work and claiming she transformed the role into a “glamorous” position.

Haley served in the UN position, which requires Senate confirmation, for just under two years.

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