Washington: State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Saturday (local time) withdrew herself from consideration for the nomination of the US ambassador to the United Nations.
US President Donald Trump will announce a new nominee for the post soon, according to the State Department.
In a statement, 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 gruelling 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 honours of my life and I will always be grateful to the President. the Secretary. and my colleagues at the State Department for their support,” she added.
Lauding Nauert, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that she performed her duties in the State Department 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 endeavours and know that she will continue to be a great representative of this nation in whatever role she finds herself,” Pompeo said in a statement.
A former Fox News journalist, Nauert was appointed as the spokesperson for the State Department in April 2017. She had served under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as well as the incumbent Pompeo.
Nauert was nominated to the post of UN envoy by Trump in December last year following the surprise resignation of then UN ambassador Nikki Haley.
Last October, Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, had announced that she would step down as the US ambassador to the UN by the end of the year. She officially resigned on December 31.
Currently, Jonathan Cohen is serving as the acting US envoy to the UN since January 1, following Haley’s resignation the previous day.