President TrumpDonald John TrumpNapolitano: Trump Jr. thinks he will be indicted by Mueller Dems cry foul in undecided N.C. race On The Money: Trump touts China actions day after stock slide | China ‘confident’ on new trade deal | GM chief meets lawmakers to calm anger over cuts | Huawei CFO arrested MORE will reportedly announce Friday that he has selected State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyScarborough to Dems: Plan 2020 ‘campaign against Donald Trump, but expect’ to run against Nikki Haley UN Security Council to meet over Iran missile test Ukraine blocks Russian men of fighting age from entering country MORE as the the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Fox News reports that Trump will make the announcement Friday morning in a tweet.
Nauert was reported last month to have been offered the job, but no official announcement has yet been made about Haley’s replacement.
Nauert’s appointment to the top ambassadorship would follow Haley’s surprise resignation in October.
The former South Carolina governor said at the time that she had no plans to run for political office in 2020.
“It’s been eight years of intense time and I’m a big believer in term limits,” Haley said at the time. “You have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside and allow someone else to do the job.”
“I will not be running for the office in 2020. I will be campaigning for Trump,” she added.
Nauert, previously a reporter and anchor at Fox News, was long rumored to be on Trump’s shortlist to succeed Haley, a list which also included former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.
Powell dropped out of consideration for the role in October. Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpPolitical opposites come together for Bush funeral ‘Melania’ and ‘Ivanka’ rise in baby name popularity, ‘Donald’ and ‘Eric’ dip Live coverage: Washington honors George HW Bush with state funeral MORE, the president’s daughter and White House adviser, was also touted by Trump as an “incredible” choice for the position, though Trump also said that he would be criticized for nepotism if Ivanka was selected.
The White House and the State Department did not immediately return requests for comment Thursday evening on reports of Nauert’s appointment. If nominated by the president, she will face a confirmation by the Senate, which remains in GOP control following November’s midterm elections.
-Updated 8:20 p.m.