Trump to announce Nauert as new UN ambassador Friday: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE will reportedly announce Friday that he has selected State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump blocked renomination of Obama-era UN racism official, won't pick a replacement: report Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank MORE as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Fox News reports that Trump will make the announcement Friday morning in a tweet.

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Nauert was reported last month to have been offered the job, but no official announcement has yet been made about Haley's replacement.

Nauert's appointment to the top ambassadorship would follow Haley's surprise resignation announcement in October.

The former South Carolina governor said at the time that she had no plans to run for political office in 2020.

“It’s been eight years of intense time and I’m a big believer in term limits,” Haley said at the time. “You have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside and allow someone else to do the job.”

"I will not be running for the office in 2020. I will be campaigning for Trump," she added.

Nauert, previously a reporter and anchor at Fox News, was long rumored to be on Trump's shortlist to succeed Haley, a list which also included former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.

Powell dropped out of consideration for the role in October. Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump mourns dead in Ethiopian jet crash MORE, the president's daughter and White House adviser, was also touted by Trump as an "incredible" choice for the position, though Trump also said that he would be criticized for nepotism if Ivanka Trump was selected.

The White House and the State Department did not immediately return requests for comment Thursday evening on reports of Nauert's appointment. If nominated by the president, she will face a confirmation by the Senate, which remains in GOP control following November's midterm elections.

--Updated at 8:20 p.m.