Heather Nauert is reportedly being considered to become the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. And for a lot of people this will be the first time they’ve ever heard of Ms. Nauert. Ms. Nauert is an influential government official and spokeswoman and given that she might gain more influential and notoriety if she is officially nominated and confirmed to become the Ambassador to the U.N. it’s worth taking some time to introduce her to readers.
Heather Nauert’s education and her career as a government official:
Ms. Nauert’s education was somewhat unconventional since she went to a few different schools during her time as an undergraduate school. She started off as a student attending Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, before accepting an internship in D.C. where she would finish school with a B.A. in communications from the Mount Vernon College for Women. She would later earn a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Her career in the government would begin after an extensive career in journalism and political commentary. In mid-2017 it was announced that she would be the new spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, which would be her first role in government. It would also not be her only one since following the dismissal of Steve Goldstein in March of 2018 she would be named acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
She was a supporter of the President during his campaign and worked as a member of Fox News for several years in different capacities. Her instances of notoriety have been fairly typical for a member of the Trump administration, she has condemned Iran for its “malign influence” in Yemen, spoken out against protesters (specifically the Gaza border protests saying “it doesn’t help the cause for peace”), and refused to condemn Saudi Arabia, when Canada condemned the imprisonment of Saudi human rights activist Raif Badawi and his sister Samar Badawi and in response Saudi Arabia frozen trade with Canada & expelled the Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
What does the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. do?
The role of the U.S. Ambassador/Permanent Representative is more than just designing resolutions and making votes but also to share the perspective of the United States with the U.N. and keep the White House and the rest of the government of the United States aware of what’s going on in the U.N. and how U.N. moves might affect the foreign policy objectives and moves of the United States. The U.S.’s Ambassador to the U.N. is also the person at the table representing the U.S. at the U.N. Security Council, as well as the go-to person representing the United States at U.N. plenary meetings of the General Assembly unless a more senior officer in the government of the United States is present.
The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has a strategic role to play in achieving foreign policy goals and is an influential figure who can help build international coalitions and make multinational moves to fight for American interests abroad in a roundabout way that other Ambassadors and the U.S. Secretary of State often cannot. A skillful U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. is vital for moving the international community in large ways that the hyper-specialized Ambassadors and Secretary of State would often struggle to do because of the specificity of their roles. The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. is a messaging specialist who makes moves that help people understand the global perspective on security and democracy issues.