As President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that he will nominate State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, critics argued that while the president’s decision to select someone with zero diplomatic experience to represent the U.S. before the international community is “appalling,” the belligerent foreign policy and contempt for human rights that Nauert will be in charge of selling is immeasurably more dangerous.
“The U.S. is breaking treaties, cutting foreign aid, imposing unilateral sanctions, threatening other countries, expanding the arms race, and gravely endangering the global environment. Global peace itself is being put at risk.”
—Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University
“Appointing a Fox News talking head to represent our country at the United Nations is completely in character [for Trump],” argued Brian Dixon, senior vice president for media and government relations for the Population Connection Action Fund. “Nauert brings no experience, no understanding and, frankly, no interest in learning. Her main claim to this role is her willingness to defend the indefensible as a spokesperson.”
Nauert’s nomination comes as the Trump administration is ratcheting up tensions with Iran, defending Saudi Arabia’s brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its continued assault on Yemen, and contributing to the climate crisis by withdrawing from the Paris accord and propagandizing on behalf of the fossil fuel industry.
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In an email to Common Dreams, Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs argued that it is these broad and dangerous developments—not the appointment of Nauert or any other individual—that should be the deepest cause for alarm among advocates for peace and global cooperation.
“The worrying aspect of the U.S. is not a particular appointment but the aggressive, unilateralist foreign policy of the Trump administration,” Sachs said. “The U.S. is breaking treaties, cutting foreign aid, imposing unilateral sanctions, engaging in beggar-thy-neighbor trade protectionism, threatening other countries, expanding the arms race, and gravely endangering the global environment. Global peace itself is being put at risk.”