Trump taps ex-State spokeswoman Heather Nauert to help oversee White House fellowships

Trump taps ex-State spokeswoman Heather Nauert to help oversee White House fellowships
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE on Tuesday night announced his intention to appoint Heather Nauert, the former spokeswoman for the State Department, to serve on the panel that helps oversee the White House's prestigious fellowships.


Trump had initially intended Nauert, who served as spokeswoman under former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTillerson: Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation Pompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' MORE as well as current Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Senate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions State Department's top arms control official leaving MORE, to replace Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months MORE as the U.S.'s top envoy to the United Nations.

The intention to nominate Nauert, a former host of "Fox & Friends," drew criticism from Democrats who said she didn't have enough experience for the post. 

Nauert subsequently withdrew herself from consideration in February amid questions that she had employed a nanny who did not have the proper visa to work in the U.S. Nauert reportedly disclosed the nanny matter to officials at the start of the vetting process.

Trump instead nominated Kelly Knight Craft, his ambassador to Canada, for the position. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation last week.

The White House selects numerous young Americans each year to serve as fellows. Members of the commission interview and help select the fellowship winners. 

Updated at 8:46 a.m.