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Heather Nauert, State Dept. spokesperson and former anchor of president Trump's favorite TV program, "Fox & Friends," has withdrawn her name to succeed Nikki Haley as UN ambassador

Thanking Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the December nomination, Nauert said in a statement that she's withdrawing "because the past two months have been grueling for my family."

The New York Times reported that Nauert might have opted out because she used a nanny who is legally in the US but does not have the proper work visa.

Nauert joined the Trump team in 2017 following a ten-year stint at Fox News and two years at ABC. The one-time healthcare insurance consultant entered journalism in 1996.

Pompeo praised Nauert for performing the spokesperson duties with "unequaled excellence."

He wished her "nothing but the best in all of her future endeavors and know that she will continue to be a great representative of this nation in whatever role she finds herself.”