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Report: Trump replacing Nikki Haley with Heather Nauert as UN ambassador

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is expected to appoint State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: President Trump accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN ambassador in October. She will exit at the end of the year. Nauert served as spokesperson for the State Department since 2017, and became acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs earlier this year.

Nikki Haley denounces Russia's "outlaw act" toward Ukraine

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Outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has condemned Russia's decision to intercept, fire on and seize three Ukrainian navy vessels off the coast of Crimea yesterday as "arrogant" and an "outlaw act" that shows better relations between the U.S. and Russia are "impossible."

Why it matters: Prior to Haley's remarks at an emergency UN Security Council session, the Trump administration had been almost entirely silent on the incident. John Herbst, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine now at the Atlantic Council, says if this "new, more dangerous form of aggression" goes unanswered, further Russian provocation is likely. Potential U.S. responses could include sanctions, or supplying Ukraine with additional weaponry.

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