Washington, DC – US President Donald Trump is looking for a new replacement for Nikki Haley who resigned as United States Ambassador to the United Nations last year as Heather Nauert, the State Department spokesperson and former Fox News reporter, has withdrawn her name from consideration for the post.
Heather, although mentioned by President Trump as the projected nominee, was never officially nominated for the post from the White House. Today (Feb. 16), in a statement from her deputy Robert Palladino, not only was her name was withdrawn from consideration but she also seemed to have lost her post as the State Department spokesperson.
The statement read, “Today Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration for the nomination of US Ambassador to the United Nations,” noting that the President would make an announcement with respect to a nominee for US Ambassador to the United Nations soon.
The official state department statement cited Spokesperson Heather Nauert as saying: “I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of US 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. 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.”
The statement also included a note from the Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo saying: “Heather Nauert has performed her duties as a senior member of my team with unequalled excellence. Her personal decision today to withdraw her name from consideration to become the nominee for United States Ambassador to the United Nations is a decision for which I have great respect. I wish Heather nothing but the best in all of her future endeavors and know that she will continue to be a great representative of this nation in whatever role she finds herself.”
The inference from her statement and Secretary Pompeo’s pointed to a new career choice for Nauert in the future and indicated that she is leaving her job as the State Department spokesperson as well.