Trump Appoints Fox & Friends News Host To Top State Dept. Job

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Heather Nauert will take over as undersecretary of public affairs after Steve Goldstein was fired this week.

This has been a good week for Fox News hosts -- reports surfaced that Pete Hegseth is a top contender for heading up Veterans Affairs, and former Fox News host Heather Nauert has been elevated within the State Department, moving from spokeswoman to the fourth-highest ranking position.

Nauert's predecessor as undersecretary of public affairs, Steve Goldstein, was terminated shortly after Rex Tillerson was ousted as Secretary of State. Goldstein had issued an official statement on Tillerson's termination that contradicted the White House account.

Nauert, a former Fox News host who joined the State Department as a spokeswoman in April 2017, will now serve as acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, replacing Steve Goldstein, who was fired shortly after Tillerson, having publicly contradicted the White House on how the secretary of state was notified about being axed.

Along with continuing the duties of department spokesperson, Nauert will assume Goldstein's responsibilities. Her new title includes managing Education and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs, and International Information Programs.

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Nauert worked primarily for Fox News beginning in 1996, covering "global and domestic crises" as well as the 2016 presidential election.

As State Department spokeswoman, Nauert came under fire in February after telling a reporter, "I don't know what some of you expect us to do" after she was asked what the Trump administration planned to do to address civil unrest in Syria.