Trump close to picking Barr for A.G., Nauert for UN: reports
President Donald Trump is close to making two major nominations: William Barr for U.S. attorney general and Heather Nauert as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the Washington Post reported (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/william-barr-is-leading-attorney-general-candidate-in-trump-discussions/2018/12/06/468e8940-f905-11e8-863c-9e2f864d47e7_story.html?utm_term=.1898885e7e7d) separately Thursday. Both nominations could be announced in the coming days, the Post said. Barr, 68, served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush from 1991-93. He has, in the past, questioned the political makeup of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team. Barr, or any other nominee, likely would not face a Senate confirmation vote for months, leaving acting attorney general Matt Whitaker in charge of the DOJ until then. Nauert is a former Fox News anchor (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-to-nominate-state-department-spokeswoman-heather-nauert-as-the-next-un-ambassador/2018/12/06/7a15563c-f9c2-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html?utm_term=.afdfbc6428fc) and current State Department spokeswoman with little foreign policy experience. CNN reported (https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/06/politics/trump-un-ambassador-nauert/index.html) that may be intentional, and that the Trump administration may be seeking to downgrade the importance of the UN ambassador role.
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