WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump confirmed Friday that he will nominate former Attorney General William Barr as the head of the Justice Department and State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Making the announcement from the South Lawn before leaving for Kansas City, Missouri, Trump said that Barr was “his first choice since day one” and that he expects a swift confirmation process.
Barr previously served as Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush administration.
Jeff Sessions was dismissed as Attorney General last month. His former Chief of Staff, Matt Whitaker, is currently serving in the position in an interim capacity.
Nauert, a former Fox News personality, will be taking the reins from Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she will be leaving the administration in January.
“[Nauert is] very talented, very smart and very quick and I think she’s going to be respected by all,” Trump said.
Trump added that he will make an additional personnel announcement on Saturday while attending the U.S. Army-Navy Football game.
The president offered a “little hint,” stating that it will involve the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the line of succession.