Lindsey Graham endorses Nauert as next United Nations ambassador

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOcasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump Former FBI official says Mueller won’t be ‘colored by politics’ in Russia probe MORE (R-S.C.) on Friday praised Heather Nauert, President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE's pick to succeed Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley: 'Israel wants a peace agreement but it doesn’t need one' Showdown at the Security Council? North Korea evading US sanctions: report MORE as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and pledged to help her confirmation process proceed smoothly.

In a statement, the South Carolina Republican called Nauert an "effective spokeswoman for the Department of State" and touted her close relationships with both Trump and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump to attend World Economic Forum in Davos for second straight year Pompeo to lead delegation to 'Trump of the Tropics' inauguration The Hill's Morning Report — No deal in sight as shutdown looms MORE.


"I’ve known Heather for many years. She was an effective spokeswoman for the Department of State and enjoys the confidence of Secretary Pompeo and President Trump," Graham wrote.

"I’m sure she will perform well at her hearing and look forward to supporting her nomination," he added.

Trump announced Nauert's nomination in a tweet Friday, one day after reports surfaced of her selection. Nauert was reported to be a top choice on Trump's shortlist for the position.

Nauert, a former Fox News anchor, joined the Trump administration last year as a spokeswoman for the State Department. She now faces a confirmation battle in the GOP-controlled Senate, which confirmed Haley easily to the position last year.

Haley, her predecessor, announced was was resigning from the Trump administration unexpectedly in October, downplaying rumors of future political ambitions.

"No, I am not running in 2020," Haley told reporters at the time. “I look forward to supporting the president in the next election."