President Donald Trump announced on Friday that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is his choice to succeed Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations, even as the White House moved to downgrade the job from a Cabinet-level position.
Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Trump said Nauert had done a “great job” at the State Department.
“She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all,” Trump said.
A senior administration official told CNN that Nauert attended Thursday night’s Hanukkah party at the White House and Trump called her in to the Oval Office afterward.
United Nations Secretary General spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told CNN “we look forward to working with her when she assumes her functions.”- READ MORE