President Trump on Friday announced he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. The Senate will now deliberate on the president's selection for the position.
BREAKING: Trump says he will nominate William Barr, attorney general under President George HW Bush, as his next attorney general. Trump is also nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be US ambassador to the United Nations.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 7, 2018
Multiple sources told Fox News Thursday night that Nauert would be Haley's replacement.
"Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a 'leading contender' for the position, sources familiar with the selection process said at the time," reported the news network.
Nauert became State Department spokesperson in April 2017 and was named acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs earlier this year.
Ambassador Haley announced her resignation in October. She said in her resignation letter that she would continue to serve until January 2019 to give the president time to select a replacement, but that after being a civil servant for 14 years straight, it was time for her to leave public office and return to the private sector.
President Trump praised Haley when he announced that he would be accepting her resignation, calling her a “fantastic” person who's done "an incredible job.”