The Washington Post reports:
President Trump’s pick to be the next United Nations ambassador withdrew from consideration Saturday, the State Department said. The department’s spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, had been tapped to succeed Nikki Haley at the United Nations, but her name was never formally sent to the Senate for confirmation.
The withdrawal is related to the employment of a nanny who was in the country illegally, said three people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. But according to a person familiar with Nauert’s situation, the nanny was in the country legally.
She was a Jamaican national employed by Nauert and her husband 10 years ago. The Nauerts paid her salary in cash. When they discovered she was not paying taxes, they insisted the tax bill be paid, the person said.
A conflicting account from the New York Times:
Ms. Nauert dropped from the running because she had a nanny who was in the United States legally but did not have the proper work visa, according to people familiar with the process.
Ms. Nauert, a former “Fox & Friends” host, was selected by Mr. Trump in December to succeed Nikki R. Haley, and she initially declined when approached about the position. But Mr. Trump was adamant that she accept when he could find no one else to take the post, according to people involved in the process.
One person familiar with the current discussions said that Kelly Knight Craft, the ambassador to Canada, was being discussed as a possibility for the role. Others said that another name being floated was Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany who recently spent time with a United States delegation that included Ivanka Trump.
After our reporting on @realDonaldTrump‘s extensive, years-long use of illegal labor at his golf clubs, I was honestly stunned by this news about Nauert.https://t.co/kHDEg8awXV https://t.co/EqS0b9dKEK
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) February 17, 2019