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State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has withdrawn her name for consideration to be appointed ambassador to the United Nations.

"I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary 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."

Backdrop: Nauert was nominated to replace Nikki Haley in December. She is a former Fox News anchor who has served as spokesperson for the State Department since 2017.

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