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Newsline: Trump picks ambassador to Canada for United Nations post

President Donald Trump has selected a new nominee for United Nations ambassador, a week after his original pick, Heather Nauert, withdrew her name from consideration. Trump announced on Twitter night that he planned to nominate Kelly Craft, who’s served as the US ambassador to Canada since September 2017. “Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!” (https://www.vox.com/2019/2/23/18236884/kelly-craft-un-ambassador-canada-trump) Craft had been among the candidates reportedly in the running after Nauert, who had previously served as the State Department’s top spokesperson, decided to withdraw her name from consideration last Saturday, citing family concerns in a statement. But other reports suggested that Nauert’s vetting had been derailed by a revelation that she had employed a nanny who was in the US legally, but didn’t have proper work authorization. That, combined with serious concerns over Nauert’s lack of diplomatic and foreign policy experience, apparently made the nomination untenable.


Newsline: Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration For U.N. Ambassador

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration on Saturday for the nomination of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,” she said, according to a statement released by the State Department. “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.” President Trump picked the former Fox & Friends host to become the next ambassador to the U.N. in December. Had she been confirmed, Nauert would have replaced Nikki Haley, who resigned as ambassador in October (https://www.npr.org/2019/02/16/695503995/heather-nauert-withdraws-from-consideration-for-u-n-ambassador). But in the two months since her nomination was announced, Nauert’s credentials for the position have been questioned. Nauert had no government or foreign policy experience until she joined the Trump administration in 2017, beyond overseas stints for ABC, including in Baghdad.

Newsline: Ex-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley charges $200,000 per speaking gig

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is currently quoting a whopping $200,000 and the use of a private jet for domestic speaking engagements, according to seven people with knowledge of the arrangement. Engagements outside the United States could cost considerably more, these people said.


Newsline: UN to Replace Expelled Diplomat in Somalia

The United Nations secretary-general said that he “deeply regrets” the decision of Somalia’s federal government to expel a top U.N. official, Nicholas Haysom, from the country, but that he will name a replacement. “The secretary-general has full confidence in Mr. Haysom, an experienced and respected international civil servant who has distinguished himself in numerous senior leadership roles, in the field and at U.N. headquarters,” Antonio Guterres’ spokesman said. “At the same time the secretary-general is totally committed to ensuring that the needs of the Somali people are at the forefront of the work of the United Nations in Somalia.” The Somali federal government declared U.N. envoy Haysom “persona non-grata” on Jan. 1, ordering him to leave the country just four months after he took up his post as the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative and head of the U.N. assistance mission in the country.


Newsline: UN Tells Britain to Let Assange Leave Ecuador Embassy

U.N. rights experts called on British authorities Friday to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuador embassy in London without fear of arrest or extradition. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention reiterated its finding published in February 2016 that Assange had been de facto unlawfully held without charge in the embassy, where he has now been holed up for more than six years. He initially took asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation. That investigation was dropped.


Newsline: Donald Trump Confirms Former Fox News Star As Next UN Ambassador

President Donald Trump announced Friday morning he will nominated former Fox News star turned State Department media wrangler Heather Nauert as next Ambassador to the United Nations, replacing resigning Nikki Haley. In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert’s nomination would place a less senior person at the international agency than outspoken current ambassador Nikki Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials. The former Fox News host’s precipitous rise since arriving at the State Department in 2017 sets the stage for a potentially tough Senate confirmation hearing, where Democrats will likely grill Nauert on her qualifications for the position.

Donald Trump Confirms Former Fox News Channel Star His Nom As Next UN Ambassador

Newsline: U.N. ambassador hunt drags on in the U.S. as top candidate fades

The hunt for a new United Nations ambassador — a job for which State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was once considered a lock but is now out of contention — has faced repeated delays and is running up against Nikki Haley’s end-of-year departure date. Meanwhile, a raft of new candidates has emerged, but no one has grabbed the front-runner mantel, raising the possibility that President Donald Trump could tap someone at the 11th hour who has already been passed over. The White House Counsel’s office has not yet been asked to vet anyone for the role, further indicating the president may not have settled on a finalist. “It seems like this has been the position they could never quite find someone to fill,” said a Republican close to the White House, who added that Trump has mostly struggled to find someone who shares his disruptive foreign policy impulses. Already, two of Trump’s preferred candidates are out of the running. In addition to Nauert, former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell took herself out of consideration in October, shortly after Haley announced her intention to leave at the end of the year.