The Trump administration will reportedly nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations next month.
Nauert's nomination had been rumoured for weeks, and she had started handing over some of her responsibilities as spokeswoman to her deputy, Robert Palladino.
Nonetheless, during her two-year stint, Haley became a darling of the Trump administration and the pro-Israel community for her vociferous defense of the Jewish state at the United Nations, a body often seen as hostile to Israel.
Nauert's foreign policy experience is limited to her year-and-a-half tenure as State Department Spokesperson, plus half a year as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, plus one-episode cameo in Fox's foreign-policy drama "24" which is all about worldwide diplomatic crises. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading administration voice on Trump's foreign policy. She will have to be confirmed by the Senate to become ambassador to the United Nations.
Bloomberg also reported Thursday that President Trump had chosen Nauert for the role.
Her appointment to the United Nations role would have to be approved by the US Senate.
One of the reports came from Fox News, where Ms Nauert has previously worked as a presenter.
Shut out from the top by Tillerson and his inner circle, Nauert developed relationships with career diplomats.
"She is clearly not qualified for this job, but these days it seems that the most important qualification is that you show up on Donald Trump's TV screen, and if you're successful in that endeavor, then you seem to be a top candidate to get a whole bunch of top positions in the US government".
Nauert, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.