With Rex Tillerson finding himself out as the Secretary of State just last week, his Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein was also showed the door.
Enter the State Department’s official spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
On the same day Tillerson and Goldstein were given the boot, the White House announced nearly simultaneously that she would take Goldstein’s place with the snappy title of Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
In the State Department pecking order, Nauert went from spokeswoman to the #4 diplomat at State.
Going a bit more into the specifics of her new post, the Associated Press noted;
She is overseeing the public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas U.S. embassies, consulates and other posts. She is in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others. She can take a seat, if she wants, on the Broadcasting Board of Governors that steers government broadcast networks such as Voice of America.
Also reported, she also appears to enjoy tweaking Vladimir Putin’s nose;
“The idea that Russia is calling for a so-called humanitarian corridor, I want to be clear, is a joke,” Nauert said at one recent briefing where she took Moscow to task for its actions in Syria, where it has used military power to support President Bashar Assad’s government.
She’s also cultivated quite a reputation when it comes to dealing with Russian reporters, who more often than not are on Putin’s payroll.
As the AP also cited;
“You’re from Russian TV, too. OK. So hey, enough said then. I’ll move on,” Nauert told a reporter last month after Russian President Vladimir Putin presented an animated film clip showing a missile headed toward the U.S.