Heather Nauert

Heather Nauert withdraws name from UN ambassador consideration

Heather Nauert
Heather Nauert. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has withdrawn her name for consideration to be appointed ambassador to the United Nations.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

Trump nominating Heather Nauert as UN ambassador

Heather Nauert. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is being nominated to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, President Trump said today.

The big picture: Nauert is a former Fox News anchor and correspondent, and had little foreign policy experience before joining the administration as the State Department spokesperson. But she's "had the strong support" of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to Bloomberg, which first reported that Nauert accepted the nomination.