UNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 (APP):US President Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, withdrew her name from consideration on Saturday amid concerns about her qualifications for the high-profile post.
Nauert, a former Fox News host who now serves as the State Department’s spokesperson, cited the strain on her family in announcing her decision.
“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,” Nauert said in a statement released by the State Department in Washington.
“However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration,” she said.
Critics had sharply questioned
Trump’s appointment of Nauert, 48, saying she did not have the foreign policy experience or political skills needed for such a key diplomatic job. Trump’s first U.N. ambassador, ex-South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, left at the end of last year.
Nauert has served as the State Department’s chief spokeswoman since April 2017.
Experts noted that Nauert would have been one of the most inexperienced U.N. ambassadors in history – at a time of extreme flux in international relations. There were “significant concerns” on Capitol Hill about her abilities to handle complex negotiations with other world powers, Brett Bruen, a former State Department foreign service officer who served in the Obama administration on global engagement, was quoted as saying in media reports. “Basically folks in the Senate couldn’t see
her doing battle successfully with the Russians (and the) Chinese.”
The U.N. job involves representing the United States at the U.N. Security Council and in delicate diplomatic negotiations with other world leaders. Previous U.N. ambassadors include Adlai Stevenson, George H.W. Bush and Madeleine Albright.
Although Trump announced Nauert’s name in early December, the White House never formally submitted her nomination to the Senate, which clears the appointments.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg news reported Nauert’s nomination ran into trouble because she had hired a nanny who was in the U.S. legally but who did not have a work permit.
The State Department press office did not immediately respond to a question about the Bloomberg report, the news service said.