Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for United Nations ambassador

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President Trump has chosen State Department official Heather Nauert to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a report said on Thursday.

Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump's favorite television show, "Fox & Friends", when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration's foreign policy.

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.

Trump is expected to tweet the announcement Friday morning.

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be "taking names" of countries that oppose Trump's foreign policy, particularly regarding Israel.

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

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Requests for comment to the state department and the White House were not immediately returned.

Following the vote, Nauert retweeted a comment by United States special envoy Jason Greenblatt condemning the world body's inability to pass the measure, but did not publicly comment herself. With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had come to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter.

She had served as the State Department spokesman and was promoted in March to acting under secretary of state for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

The 46-year-old former SC governor - one of the few women in the Trump cabinet - gave no reason for leaving, but dismissed speculation she was planning to run for president in 2020. She hadn't specialized in foreign policy or worldwide relations.

Haley announced in October that she would be resigning as the ambassador to the United Nations.