Following the abruptly announced resignation of then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in December 2018, President Donald Trump nominated the State Department’s chief spokeswoman Heather Nauert, a former Fox reporter, to succeed Haley in her role in the international body.
Unfortunately, Nauert just withdrew herself from consideration for that high-level position, citing the “grueling” confirmation process and the impact that it has had on her family.
In a press release on Saturday from the State Department, Nauert said, “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,” she continued. Left unsaid was the thoroughly abysmal and condescendingly dismissive treatment she had received from many in the liberal media with regard to the nomination.
“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,” added Nauert.
Pompeo praises Nauert
In response to the news of Nauert’s withdrawal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised her in a statement, saying: “Heather Nauert has performed her duties as a senior member of my team with unequaled excellence.”
He went on to say he respected Nauert’s decision and wish her the best.
“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,” Pompeo said. “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.”
Potential nanny scandal
Though no details explaining why Nauert withdrew her name from consideration for the ambassador’s position, some reports alleged something of a potential scandal brewing that, while perhaps not insurmountable, would nevertheless have made Nauert’s confirmation process that much more difficult.
According to the report, Nauert formerly employed an immigrant nanny who lacked permission to work in the U.S. That nanny supposedly neglected to pay income taxes while working for Nauert.
Nauert disclosed the issue when she was nominated for the ambassadorship, but even though the former nanny paid all back taxes, it was feared that the issue would still be used against Nauert and the administration in the confirmation process.
That issue may explain why the Trump administration had yet to formally nominate Nauert for the position. Reports suggested that Nauert will likely resign fully from the administration, and President Trump will put forward another nominee in the near future.