When Trump fired media-shy Texas oilman Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state in March via tweet - their relationship by then bordered on poisonous - Nauert saw her influence grow under successor Mike Pompeo, whose combative style is more in tune with the president.
President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert to be the next USA ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said. "She's very talented, very smart, very quick".
But, as the Bloomberg report indicated, Haley lacked foreign expertise when she took her United Nations post after serving several years as governor of SC.
Now the spokesperson for the State Department, Nauert is regarded as a close ally of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Before joining the Trump administration, she had no government or foreign policy experience, though she did work on some overseas assignments for ABC, including in Baghdad.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will be nominated ambassador to the UN, Bloomberg reports.
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".
Asked about Israel's plans to demolish the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, in spite of protests from the European Union and USA lawmakers, Nauert framed the issue as an Israeli legal matter, referring the reporter who posed the question to the Israeli government.
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She will need confirmation by the Senate, where Trump's Republican Party enjoys a majority.
Nauert had been the favourite after Haley, 46, announced that she would leave the job.
If Nauert is confirmed for the job, it would cap a precipitous rise in diplomacy in less than two years. "It is less clear that she has the experience to hammer out hard deals with China and Russian Federation over problems like Iran and North Korea".
Unlike Haley, however, Nauert is not expected to have cabinet status, keeping power over foreign policy firmly with Pompeo and especially John Bolton, the hawkish White House national security advisor.
In her role, Nauert oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas USA embassies, consulates and other posts.
Trump's announcement comes just a day after the US lost a high-profile vote in the U.N. General Assembly for a resolution condemning the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
"And one of his favourite shows is the popular morning show, Fox and Friends, and Nauert was associated with this show for several years, and that surely had something to do with her selection".
"Pompeo's Brussels speech trashing the United Nations this week lowered our expectations for USA policy at the United Nations, whoever is ambassador", Gowan said.