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

Heather Nauert

Nauert's first government position has been as the state department spokesperson, to which she was appointed in April 2017.

"I do think what was particularly important to Bolton and to Pompeo was to have someone who was not going to be an independent actor or a power centre all by herself", Benjamin told MEE.

Nikki Haley has held the United Nations post since the beginning of Trump's administration and said she would stay in the job through the end of the year.

Now the spokesperson for the State Department, Nauert is regarded as a close ally of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy.

Nauert beat out other contenders for the position including: former White House advisor Dina Powell, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell. She was an anchor for Fox and Friends, the Fox News Channel morning program that Trump says he watches regularly.

Asked about Israel's plans to demolish the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, in spite of protests from the European Union and U.S. lawmakers, Nauert framed the issue as an Israeli legal matter, referring the reporter who posed the question to the Israeli government.

In June, the United States quit the UN Human Rights Council, which it sees as biased against Israel.

Rumors have swirled about her nomination since early November after current ambassador Nikki Haley resigned on good terms with U.S. President Donald Trump.

But the Senate, which alone needs to confirm Nauert, is still under the control of Trump´s Republican Party.

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And it's obviously not for nothing that she was nominated for an Emmy Award during her years in journalism, for authoring the special series 13 Around the World.

"She is obviously extremely knowledgeable and well-versed in the foreign policy of this administration and has answered questions and defended it in front of a number of different press inquiries", Schaefer said.

Danon also paid tribute to Haley, who made tackling United Nations bias against Israel a key priority during her tenure.

Because of her inexperience in diplomacy and short political resume, Nauert may face difficulty securing the job.

Nauert is notably not the first TV newsperson to become United Nations ambassador. In a sign of the difficulties the administration has had, the UN General Assembly on Thursday rejected a US -sponsored resolution condemning Hamas, the Islamist group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Nauert had worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005 before joining ABC.

Pompeo tweeted that Nauert has travelled with him since he took the helm of the State Department.

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