President Trump has made the right choice in nominating State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to the role of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Predictably, however, some are scornfully attacking Nauert, a former journalist, as unqualified for the position. These critics are driven far more by their hatred for Fox News, where Nauert used to work, than their honest assessments of reality, and they are wrong.
First off, in her time as the State Department's chief spokeswoman, Nauert has learned the ins and outs of the State Department bureaucracy. She's also learned the three keys to being a successful U.N. ambassador: being a team player, understanding U.S. foreign policy interests, and understanding the interests and nuances of other international actors. In order to get the State Department operating effectively with united purpose, a senior leader must command the respect of State Department's foreign and civil service officers and other employees. Standing up for her department, Nauert has earned that respect.
Moreover, in standing up for American foreign policy interests and allies, Nauert is ready to deliver that message at the U.N. And the ambassador she replaces also had little foreign policy experience but was quite successful.