[Ed. – This won’t be a particularly big deal, as Trump had clearly already decided to downgrade the post and make it more subordinate to the Secretary of State. Presidents have gone back and forth on that. Trump won’t need to come up with a big political name (like Haley) to fill the role. All the best to Nauert, who did an excellent job as DOS press spokeswoman before moving to the ambassador’s role temporarily in December.]
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has withdrawn herself from consideration to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the State Department confirmed on Saturday.
“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. 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,” Nauert said in a statement. …
State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a department news release that the president “will make an announcement with respect to a nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations soon.”