Heather Nauert
Spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses reporters at the Department Press Briefing, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.

Better Know Heather Nauert, Donald Trump’s Pick for UN Ambassador

Heather Nauert is a former Fox News personality who has been tapped by Donald Trump to serve as the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations. If confirmed, she will replace Nikki Haley who served in the post for nearly two years.

Nauert’s background is much different from that of her predecessors. Unlike previous United States Ambassadors to the UN, she does not have a robust political profile, nor does she have much of an established record on key foreign policy issues. She was previously a journalist and host on Fox News.

Heather Nauert has served as spokesperson from the State Department since April 2017, and it is from this post that observers may glean insights into her foreign policy views and thinking.

On the Global Dispatches podcast to discuss how Heather Nauert may approach the job of UN Ambassador is a veteran member of the State Department press corps, Matt Lee of the Associated Press. We discuss what Nauert’s performance as State Department spokesperson might inform us  about her approach to the job of UN Ambassador. This includes a discussion of some of the issues that Nauert sought to emphasize, and what that suggests about her own foreign policy predilections.

We also have a conversation about the implications of a White House decision to downgrade the position of UN Ambassador from a cabinet level position. Unlike Nikki Haley, Nauert would not sit on Donald Trump’s National Security Council, and we discuss what that means for US foreign policy and US policy at the United Nations.

If you have 20 minutes and want to better know the likely next United States ambassador to the United Nations, have a listen.

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