US President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as new ambassador to the UN to replace Nikki Haley, who announced in October that he was leaving his post, US media reported on Monday.
Trump will make the announcement tomorrow, Friday, according to CNN and ABC sources familiar with the decision.
Nauert, 48, arrived at the State Department under former Secretary Rex Tillerson in April 2017, and between April and October of this year he also served as Undersecretary for Public Affairs.
The still spokeswoman worked for years as a journalist for Fox and ABC channels, and previously served as a consultant on health issues, according to her profile on the website of the Department of State.
His nomination was an open secret in Washington for weeks, although the US ambassadors to France, Jamie McCourt, also sounded for the office; in Canada, Kelly Craft; and in Germany, Richard Grenell, among other profiles.
If finally nominated, Nauert must be confirmed by the Senate, which is controlled by the Republicans.
Haley, one of the most respected voices of the Trump Cabinet, announced in October and by surprise her resignation as ambassador at the end of the year.