By selecting State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as his next United Nations ambassador, President Donald Trump has further consolidated his control of America's foreign policy.
Mr Trump told reporters last month that Ms Nauert was "excellent", adding, "She's been a supporter for a long time".
Relatively new in the political scene, analysts have now pointed at her lack of political and policy credentials which Haley, a former SC governor, possesses.
Nauert became the State Department spokeswoman in April 2017, and earlier this year was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.
She does not have prior political or policy-making experience.
If confirmed, Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who is leaving the post at the end of the year.
She told associates in November that she was shocked to be chosen as United Nations ambassador, and recommended a colleague for the job instead.
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Under Tillerson, Nauert grew frustrated at not having close access to her immediate boss and had been seen as quitting to return to NY, where her family has remained. Tony Sayegh, a former Fox contributor, now serves in communications at the Treasury Department.
Nauert´s appointment would reinforce the link between Fox News and Trump, who has been accused of turning to the conservative-leaning channel, rather than experts, for policy advice.
But the former television anchor has mostly avoided snafus, keeping regular press briefings concise and winning praise for her poise as she fields a dizzying array of foreign policy questions. "She's very talented, very smart, very quick".
He said U.S. influence is at a "low ebb", partly because of the absence of empowered ambassadors under Trump.
The 48-year-old native of IL is deemed by State Department colleagues as "hard-working" and "well in over her head at an understaffed agency", reports by USA Today and Wbir suggest. "It is for the president, but it isn't for me", Hirono said.
"When you talk about Germany, we have a very strong relationship with the Government of Germany", Nauert said, and mentioned the anniversary of the post-World War II Marshall Plan.
"We need more than a smooth spokesperson". It's more a matter of the personal clout of the person holding the position, vis-à-vis the nominal figures directing USA foreign policy like the secretary of State and the president's national security adviser - the two people Jonathan Swan cites as insisting on Nauert's non-Cabinet rank.