Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department

Sources are indicating US President Donald Trump has made the previously-hinted-at decision to replace retiring United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley with foreign-policy newcomer Heather Nauert.

Nauert's nomination had been rumoured for weeks, and she had started handing over some of her responsibilities as spokeswoman to her deputy, Robert Palladino.

If her appointment is confirmed she will replace Ms Haley, who had held the role since November 2016.

While Nauert struggled during the tenure of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - so ostracized from his inner circle that she considered quitting - she could now bring to the United Nations close ties to the White House and a good working relationship with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

If confirmed, she would replace outgoing ambassador, Nikki Haley, who is set to leave the post at the end of the year.

Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president.

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While Haley consistently maintained overt antagonism toward Russia in the United Nations, it's unlikely to get any better with Nauert, the speaker that brought us "Russia has long arms, Russia has lots of tentacles" in regard to the Skripal case, and once refused to answer a reporter's question because she was Russian saying: "Russian?"

She would be taking the position amid a roster of thorny global challenges, ranging from North Korea's nuclear program to Yemen's starvation and the growing divide between the United States and its closest allies over the Iran nuclear deal, climate change and other issues.

One of the reports came from Fox News, where Ms Nauert has previously worked as a presenter.

Nauert joined the Trump administration after more than 20 years in journalism spent largely at Fox News, where she led breaking news coverage for "Fox & Friends", with a brief stint as a general assignment reporter at ABC.

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.

Mr Trump earlier said his daughter, Ivanka, would be flawless for the role but conceded he'd be accused of nepotism if he appointed her.

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