WASHINGTON – State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced that she is withdrawing herself from consideration to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Nauert released a statement saying:
“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration,” Nauert said in a statement.
“Serving in the Administration for the past two years has been one of the highest honors of my life and I will always be grateful to the President, the Secretary, and my colleagues at the State Department for their support.”
Bloomberg first reported the news saying that Nauert’s nomination started to fall apart after the Trump administration discovered a problem in her background. She previously employed an immigrant nanny who was in the U.S. legally but not authorized to work.
Nauert would have been questioned during her confirmation hearing, given Trump’s focus on stopping illegal immigration and his fight for a wall on the border. Nauert was expected to face a tough confirmation hearing because of her lack of diplomatic or government experience,
Nauert appears to be moving on from the State Department when she called her time at State one of the highest honors of her life. Secretary of State Pompeo also said that he wished “Heather nothing but the best in her future endeavors.” President Trump tapped Nauert for the job in December, after UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced her resignation in October.
A new replacement has not been announced by Trump, but several names that have floated include included Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former senior White House aide, Ambassador to Russia Jon Hunstman, Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, State Department official Brian Hook and Ivanka Trump.
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