Fast forward two years and there are no such howls from Republicans as Trump drives foreign policy from the White House and his Twitter account, leaving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - and likely, soon Nauert - to try to make his public declarations into policy.
Trump announced the nomination in brief remarks to reporters.
The State Department used to hold daily briefings.
Before working as a correspondent and breaking news anchor on President Trump's favorite TV show, "Fox and Friends", Nauert worked as a correspondent for ABC News.
The Washinton Post also quoted former state department official Brett Bruen as saying, "While Haley didn't bring foreign policy experience, she ran a state".
According to CAIR, while at Fox News, Nauert interviewed "notorious Islamophobes", including Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney and Nonie Darwish. In turn, these played a role in weakening North Korea's weapons program, and persuading Kim Jong Un to take part in negotiations, she said.
But unlike White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose testy exchanges with reporters are routinely carried live, Nauert has enjoyed a civil relationship with the smaller State Department press corps as they travel the world together.
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The contrast between Haley and Nauert's respective credentials and diplomatic experience couldn't be more stark.
Maybe the new ambassador will eventually become a rock star beyond the ranks of Fox News viewers and enhance her own power, so long as she doesn't undercut the ultimate Boss.
He added that colleagues described Nauert as a quick learner who "executed her functions capably". And that's the point: Trump values how his messages and policy decisions are explained by his subordinates, and has said his instincts and intellect are better than most. And the pick for the high-profile United States policy megaphone, seems more than justified, at least at first glance. "I am not even thinking about it", she said. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas US embassies, consulates and other posts.
The D-Day invasion was carried out by the United States and its allies.
Because of her work at the State Department, Nauert would have the advantage of already knowing the Trump administration's position on all major global issues.
She does, however, have something in common with Bolton. The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations once said that if you lopped off the top 10 floors of the organisation's NY headquarters, it would make no difference.