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Trump nominates ex Fox News journalist Heather Nauert as Haley's successor at UN

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Friday nominated chief and a former as US' next to the UN to replace the outgoing Indian-American

Trump told reporters at the that "will be nominated for the to the United Nations".

"She's done a great job working with (Secretary of State) and others over at the state department," Trump said on the 48-year-old former TV

"She'll be to the She's very talented, very smart, very quick and I think that she will be respected by all," he said.

In October, Haley announced that she was leaving the post by the end of the year. The 46-year-old former has served nearly two years in the post. She is the first Indian-American ever appointed to a Cabinet position in any US presidential administration.

Nauert is expected to be quizzed on her qualifications to be America's top to the UN by Senate Democrats and could face a contentious confirmation hearing. She needs only a simple majority vote to be elevated to the new role.

Nauert is an unorthodox choice, given her little experience in government or foreign policy before she took up the role at the

She was made the in April 2017, her first government position. This year, after former was fired, she was named the

Prior to that, Nauert, worked for from 1998 to 2005 and after two years, during which she worked for the ABC, returned to Fox in 2007.

She eventually became an anchor on "Fox & Friends", the president's favourite show.

Nauert brings relatively little experience in foreign policy to the post, having been a television personality. Past to the have either been diplomats and international scholars or prominent politicians such as senators, members, a justice or, in Haley's case, a governor, noted.

Nauert is the latest personality to be recruited or elevated by Trump, who watches the network several hours a day.

He named John Bolton, a former who was a Fox contributor, as his and Bill Shine, a former Fox co-president, as his deputy Mercedes Schlapp, a former Fox contributor, serves as

A with degrees from in Washington and Columbia University's journalism school, Nauert started in journalism in 1996 and joined Fox News two years later before moving to other outlets, including News.

She returned to Fox in 2007 and eventually became an anchor on "Fox & Friends".

Her State Department biography notes her journalism experience covering "breaking news stories in the and abroad" and says that she was previously a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a prominent think-tank.

Former deputy and Trump's daughter Ivanka's names were initially floated as possible replacements.

Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential election, Haley has said that she will support the

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:50 IST
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