Fox News is reporting that Heather Nauert, a former Fox News host and State Department spokesperson is President Trump’s leading choice to replace Nikki Haley as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
Nauert met with President Trump in the Oval Office earlier Monday, though it is not known if they discussed the position. Several other officials have been named as potential candidates, including U.S. Ambassador to France Jamie McCourt.
Nauert, a former Fox News host, was named State Department spokesperson in April 2017. Earlier this year, she also was named acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs after the dismissal of Steve Goldstein from that post.
On Oct. 20, Trump told The Associated Press after a Nevada campaign rally that he was interviewing five candidates to replace Haley — three women and two men — and said he hoped to select someone “very quickly.” When asked if he would prefer to have a woman in the job, he said “Yes,” later adding: “I think I might prefer that, but we’ll see.”
Haley has submitted her resignation and will leave her position within the administration at the end of this year.