“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,” Nauert said in the statement today. “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.”
President Trump announced his intention to nominate Nauert in December — but didn’t immediately send her nomination to the Senate.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that Nauert’s nomination was derailed by nanny issues, saying she previously hired a nanny who was in the U.S. legally, but lacked the proper work visa. The publication also said Nauert “didn’t pay taxes on the nanny at that time.”
Before joining the Trump administration in 2017, Nauert co-anchored Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox & Friends.
She also previously worked as an ABC News correspondent contributing to World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline. She had prior D.C. experience, working as a government affairs consultant on health insurance, tax and Social Security issues.