President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to take over as UN Ambassador to replace Nikki Haley. From The Washington Examiner:

“Heather Nauert will be nominated [for U.S. ambassador]. She’s done work with Nikki Haley to replace Nikki at the United Nations. She will be ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before departing for a trip to Kansas City, Mo.

“She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all.”

Nauert once served as co-host of Fox & Friends. From Fox News:

Nauert would face a full plate at the United Nations, with Iran and North Korea and other issues dominating the U.S. agenda there. Further, she will confront a stream of anti-U.S. and anti-Israel rhetoric at the world body — something Haley constantly pushed back against during her tenure.

Trump’s announcement comes a day after the U.N. General Assembly failed to adopt a U.S. resolution that would have condemned terrorist attacks by Palestinian terror group Hamas.

As part of its reform effort, the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the controversial Human Rights Council and froze aid to the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA). It is expected that Nauert will continue that more combative stance toward the body.

Nauert, should she be confirmed by the Senate, will also be responsible for representing the U.S. position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Libya, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and other international conflicts and crises.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon welcomed her nomination in a statement Friday.

“Ms. Nauert has stood by the State of Israel in her previous positions, and I have no doubt that the cooperation between our two countries will continue to strengthen as ambassador to the U.N.,” Danon said. “In the past two years, we have worked closely with Ambassador Nikki Haley to change the hostile spirit in the U.N., which has led to unprecedented achievements. Ambassador Haley will always be a true friend of the State of Israel.”

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