Trump to pick State Department spokeswoman for United Nations ambassador

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Following the resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, reports indicate that U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as her replacement.

Nuart was brought on to the administration after providing commentary on "Fox and Friends" on what appears to be Trump's favorite cable news network.

If confirmed, Nauert, 48, would succeed Nikki Haley, who said in October she would be leaving the United Nations post at the end of the year.

The decision could be announced as early as Friday, the source said, requesting anonymity.

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But Trump has also used the United Nations to try to advance his foreign policy agenda on Iran and North Korea. Nauert beat out other contenders for the position including: former White House advisor Dina Powell, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.

Following the vote, Nauert retweeted a comment by USA special envoy Jason Greenblatt condemning the world body's inability to pass the measure, but did not publicly comment herself.

Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans.

In addition to that role, Ms Nauert was appointed acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in March this year.

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The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in US diplomacy.

Israeli leaders nonetheless thanked her and feted the results as proof of wide support for Israel's position.

Nonetheless, during her two-year stint, Haley became a darling of the Trump administration and the pro-Israel community for her vociferous defense of the Jewish state at the United Nations, a body often seen as hostile to Israel. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs.

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