U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to confirm tomorrow that he has chosen State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as the next ambassador to the United Nations, according to several U.S. media outlets.
Current ambassador Nikki Haley announced in October she would leave the post at the end of 2018.
She became the State Department's spokeswoman in April 2017 and was named earlier this year as the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.
Before taking on the role of State Department spokeswoman, Nauert was employed as a Fox News anchor and correspondent.
Nauert is now the spokeswoman for the State Department.
Israeli leaders nonetheless thanked her and feted the results as proof of wide support for Israel's position.
The president considered Nauert for the position among a list of potential nominees that included former White House aide Dina Powell and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. Haley also didn't have foreign policy experience when she took the United Nations posting, but she had twice been elected governor of SC.
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United Nations diplomats say that behind the scenes negotiations are central to an ambassador's job, and that presentation skills are also important. He noted that "people were slightly denigrating about Haley too, because of her relative lack of experience and the general view is that she did quite well".
Nauert, 48, has been touted for the post since November.
The president is weighing a number of other end-of-year staff changes, including replacing Chief of Staff John Kelly, two of Trump's advisers said on Thursday.
"With Pompeo more firmly in control and Bolton focused on his anti-multilateral agenda, there's a sense the United States ambassador will have less clout", Gowan said.
"To be blunt, it's seen as a win simply that it's not Grenell", who is known to share Bolton's "pugilistic approach" to global institution, Gowan said. "Nauert is a cipher as far as most United Nations diplomats are concerned".
She has been the front runner for the United Nations post for some weeks and last month President Trump said she was under "under very serious consideration".