Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Heather Nauert Doesn’t Have the Clout to Be in Trump’s Cabinet

Trump to name Heather Nauert as UN ambassador tomorrow, reports say Nauert to Become Next UN Ambassador
Ellis Copeland | 08 December, 2018, 05:25

President Trump's decision to promote Heather Nauert has given critics reason to believe the White House is turning into the Fox News channel.

"Haley had a lot of autonomy, with Tillerson largely absent, she had the ambition and leeway to drive USA policy".

If confirmed, Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who is leaving the post at the end of the year.

Ms. Nauert joined the administration in April 2017, with no foreign policy experience and she played a relatively low-key role owing to a reportedly strained relationship with former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

If she accepts the position, she could likely face tough questioning during her Senate confirmation hearings about her apparent lack of diplomatic or policymaking experience.

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be "taking names" of countries that oppose Trump's foreign policy, particularly regarding Israel.

Nauert, a former Fox News host, has seen a meteoric rise in the Trump administration, but that apparently does not equal Cabinet rank.

If Ms Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

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President Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next USA ambassador to the UN.

Here are the top facts that could provide an exhaustive look at the United States president's pick for the top UN role, largely seen as a stepping stone to assuming more senior roles in government.

He said United States influence is at a "low ebb", partly because of the absence of empowered ambassadors under Trump.

But her relationship with current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to have been better.

Now the spokesperson for the State Department, Nauert is regarded as a close ally of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. I think about sleeping in. I do. She is a quick study. The first ambassador to the U.N.to serve in a presidential Cabinet was actually Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., under Eisenhower.

Both Trump and Pompeo have been highly critical of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions, with Pompeo noting in a Brussels speech earlier this week that "multilateralism has become viewed as an end unto itself". And the pick for the high-profile USA policy megaphone, seems more than justified, at least at first glance.

"Although an investigation shouldn't be launched just because a President wants it, the ultimate question is whether the matter warrants investigation", Mr. Barr had said.

"Haley lost a degree of autonomy when John Bolton became the national security adviser, because he had strong views about the U.N", said Stephen Pomper of the Crisis Group, an organization that works to prevent wars.

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