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Trump to pick Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley at UN: Reports

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert

US President Donald Trump is likely to pick State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as the US ambassador to the United Nations, according to reports.

Multiple sources told Fox News on Thursday that Trump, who said on Nov. 5 he would announce Haley's replacement that week, will now make the announcement on Friday on his Twitter handle.

Nauert has been a "leading contender" to represent the US to the international organization since Haley announced a couple of months ago she would be leaving her post, according to sources familiar with the issue.

Haley, a former South Carolina governor and rising Republican star, unexpectedly announced her resignation in October and promised to serve at the position through the end of 2018.

She was one of the first members of President Trump’s cabinet, confirmed four days after his inauguration.

In her resignation letter, Haley dismissed the possibility of running against Trump in the 2020 presidential election.


Both Trump and Haley tried to describe her departure on friendly terms, but there had been friction between the two going back to the 2016 presidential campaign.

She had been one of his most vocal critics during the presidential campaign. She had endorsed Trump’s primary election rivals Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.

However, after accepting the UN role, Haley had forcefully defended Trump's controversial polices on Iran, Russia, Syria, Palestine and Venezuela. 

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