Morgan Ortagus named as new State Dept spokeswoman

National security analyst and former Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus has officially been named the State Department’s new top spokeswoman.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Pompeo rejects North Korean call for him to leave negotiations | Trump talk with rebel Libyan general raises eyebrows | New setback to Taliban talks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems face tricky balancing act after Mueller report Pompeo: 'I'm still in charge of' North Korea negotiation team MORE formally announced Ortagus’s appointment in a tweet.

“Her experience as an intelligence analyst & public affairs officer in foreign policy & national security will benefit America,” Pompeo said. “She'll lead our fight to communicate & defend US foreign policy. Welcome to our team Morgan.”


“Thank you, [President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE] and [Secretary Pompeo] for the opportunity to represent [the State Department] and the American people,” Ortagus tweeted from the official spokesperson Twitter account. “I look forward to helping tell America’s story to the world.”

Ortagus replaces Heather Nauert, who left the State Department when President Trump nominated her to replace Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump blocked renomination of Obama-era UN racism official, won't pick a replacement: report Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank MORE as ambassador to the United Nations. Nauert withdrew from consideration for the UN post, reportedly because of the employment of a nanny whose immigration and work authorization status were unclear. 

The official appointment comes the day after a report from CNN that Ortagus was repeatedly critical of Trump during the 2016 Republican primary.

Ortagus, who at the time was working for a super PAC associated with then-candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), was critical of Trump’s foreign policy opinions and his behavior, according to CNN.

In a Fox News radio interview, Ortagus blasted Trump’s behavior as “disgusting” after he mocked a reporter with a disability.

"You have somebody who makes fun of people with mental and physical disabilities. That's disgusting; there's no other way around it," she said at the time. "Quite frankly, I don't want someone with the temperament of a middle school pubescent boy in the president's office."