Former Fox News host Heather Nauert, currently the State Department’s spokeswoman and acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, is one of the individuals under consideration to replace outgoing United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, Politico reported on Tuesday.
> At Foggy Bottom, Nauert has grown close to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with whom she was traveling in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. White House aides view her as a capable advocate for the Trump administration’s foreign policy. She is also a leading candidate to replace White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she leaves the White House, though that job may be less appealing given that the frequency of on-camera press briefings has vastly diminished over the last two months.
White House officials cautioned that the quest for Haley’s replacement is still in its early stages and Nauert is not necessarily a shoo-in for the job.
Others under consideration include Kelly Knight Craft, ambassador to Canada; Jamie McCourt, ambassador to France; and Ric Grenell, ambassador to Germany.
> Nauert’s addition to the list, which has Fox News staffers buzzing, according to a former executive, underscores the extent to which TV chops are a key to success in an administration where the commander-in-chief is a 24-7 viewer.