Outgoing State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, a former Fox News host, will be replaced by Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus, according to sources who spoke with NBC News.
Ortagus is a counterterrorism expert and Naval Reserve officer who “would bring significant experience in national security and foreign policy to the role,” NBC said.
Nauert was tapped by President Donald Trump to replace Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but she ultimately withdrew herself from consideration for the role.
Nauert’s potential replacement brings experience that includes serving in the role of public affairs officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development and work as an intelligence analyst and deputy U.S. attaché to Saudi Arabia for the Treasury Department under former President Barack Obama.
Though Ortagus’ nomination has not been officially announced, Fox News told NBC News that the network had ended its relationship with the contributor as of Thursday.
Neither Ortagus nor the State Department responded to a request for comment, and the White House National Security Council did not have an immediate comment on the matter.
Her addition to the Trump administration continues a trend of hiring individuals connected to Fox News, which included former Fox News reporter Lea Gabrielle, who was picked to head the State Department office for countering global misinformation, and former Fox News executive Bill Shine, who served as the White House communications director until earlier this month. Shine has since left the administration to work with Trump’s re-election campaign.