President Donald Trump may already be considering another person for the UN Ambassador post after State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced she was withdrawing from consideration, a source close to the White House has said.
On Saturday, Nauert said she was withdrawing from consideration following reports that she had hired a nanny who was not legally allowed to work in the U.S. and did not pay taxes while working for the family. Nauert disclosed the nanny when she filled out the paperwork for the UN position and realizing that it would be an issue, decided to step away.
The State Department said later in the day that President Trump would soon announce a new nominee for the position.
The source noted that Trump first mentioned the idea of selecting former Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James while at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend and added that he was “very impressed by him … and sees him as a rising star.”
Before Trump offered the job to Nauert, James was widely seen as a top prospect for the UN post. According to the White House source, Nauert, a former Fox News anchor, was selected because the President sees the UN job as a “PR position.”
However, a formal nomination was never sent to the Senate although Trump announced his pick over two months ago, CNN informs. But Trump announced he would nominate Nauert well before the White House did a thorough review of her paperwork, the news outlet adds.