U.S. Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks in the press briefing room at the Department of State on November 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Nauert addressed the media on Thursday about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his future at the State Department.
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State Dept.’s Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador, reports say

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Trump announced Wednesday that he would announce a replacement for Haley by the end of the week.

Several news outlets, including CNN, are reporting that Trump will announce Nauert as his nominee Friday. 

Haley officially announced in October she was leaving the post by the end of the year and had told the president earlier this year that she wanted to leave the job by the end of 2018.

During a joint appearance at the White House in early October, when Trump and Haley announced her departure, Haley told the president she is not running for president in 2020 and that she fully intends to campaign for him.

Trump confirmed last month that Nauert, who has very little foreign policy experience, was among those being considered to replace Haley.

At the time, the president said Nauert was “under very serious consideration,” The Associated Press reported.

“She’s excellent. She’s been with us a long time,” Trump said. “She’s been a supporter for a long time.”

>> Related: Nikki Haley has resigned as Ambassador to U.N.

Nauert was hired at the State Department under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. She’s a former Fox News reporter, and she worked at ABC as a reporter before joining Fox.

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