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 TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report 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 TillersonNikki Haley fires the first shot in the GOP's post-Trump war State Dept. watchdog: Official's firing was case of political retaliation Steve Schmidt: 'Overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence' for Haley MORE as well as current Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoImpeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill Five takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong MORE, to replace Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Former Ukraine envoy offers dramatic testimony Nikki Haley: 'We should always protect whistleblowers' Haley: Giuliani should've been named 'special envoy' to Ukraine 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.