Former Fox News journalist and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has decided not to seek the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
In a statement released Saturday, Feb. 16, the State Department said that Nauert "withdrew herself from consideration for the nomination" of the post and that President Donald Trump would announce a new nominee soon.
"I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary (Michael) 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. 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."
It was just over two months ago that Nauert was nominated by Trump, who in the past has reportedly called the U.N. "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time."
The international organization formed in 1945 after the end of the horrific Second World War to help keep world peace and security.
Nauert became the State Department's spokesperson in 2017, after a decade and a half as a journalist for both Fox News, including "Fox and Friends."
"Heather Nauert has performed her duties as a senior member of my team with unequalled excellence," said Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. "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."
Trump has criticized the U.N., calling it a waste of time and money and said it wasn't living up to its potential, according to a report in the Washington Post, which quoted him as saying, "There is such tremendous potential, but it is not living up."