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Sources are indicating US President Donald Trump has made the previously-hinted-at decision to replace retiring United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley with foreign-policy newcomer Heather Nauert.

Haley unexpectedly announced her resignation in October and promised to serve in her role through the end of 2018.

Nauert's foreign policy experience is limited to her year-and-a-half tenure as State Department Spokesperson, plus half a year as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, plus one-episode cameo in Fox's foreign-policy drama "24" which is all about worldwide diplomatic crises. Before this, she worked as an ABC News correspondent and as an anchor on the Fox News program, Fox and Friends.

Nauert speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dialogues with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, Oct. 18.

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Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president.

Ms Nauert was made state department spokeswoman in April 2017, her first government position. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar a year ago to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped. Nauert would need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking up the role.

The decision could be announced as early as Friday, the source said, requesting anonymity. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. Since mid-October, she had rarely been seen by reporters at the State Department as Palladino took the lead. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas US embassies, consulates and other posts.

"She's excellent. She's been with us a long time", Trump said of Nauert last month. All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs.


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