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Trump’s UN nominee may face tough questions about qualifications

Published : Monday, 31 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 203

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 30: Heather Nauert, the Fox News anchor and now the state department spokesperson, is expected to face tough questions during her confirmation hearing next month as she prepares to appear before the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the position of US Ambassador to the UN.
Nauert, 48, would replace Indian American Nikki Haley as the Permanent Representatives of the United States to the UN if she is confirmed by the Senate.
President Donald Trump nominated Nauert for the top diplomatic position in the UN last month, weeks after Haley announced her resignation. But unlike Haley, who was given a Cabinet ranking in which capacity she was a key member of the Trump' s national security team and attended Cabinet meetings at the White House, Nauert has not been bestowed with the same ranks.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has not announced a date for Nauert's confirmation hearing. But it is expected sometime next month. The ruling Republican Party enjoys a majority in the Upper Chamber of the Congress, but Senators from the opposition Democratic party have already said that they have questions over her qualification as the top US diplomat to the United Nations.     -PTI

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