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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 TillersonLeaked Trump transition vetting documents show numerous officials with 'red flags': Axios Bolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds MORE as well as current Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump calls on foreign countries to protect their own oil tankers Trump to travel to South Korea The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck MORE, to replace Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Trump UN nominee: Climate change poses 'real risks' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept 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.