Fox & Friends co-host Heather Nauert will be leaving Fox News to be the State Department’s new spokesperson.
Nauert has been with Fox News and local New York Fox affiliate Fox 5 for nearly 20 years and has been a co-host on Fox & Friends since 2012.
“The Department of State is pleased to welcome Heather Nauert as the new State Department spokesperson,” the State Department announced.
“Nauert comes to the department with more than 15 years of experience as an anchor and correspondent covering both foreign and domestic news and events, including the 9/11 terror attacks, the war in Iraq, and the genocide in Darfur, Sudan,” the statement read.
“Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the administration’s foreign policy priorities to the American people and the world.”
It’s not a secret that President Donald Trump is a big fan of Fox & Friends. Prior to entering the world of politics, he was a weekly guest on the morning show for several years.
During a February press conference, Trump praised Fox & Friends for being “the most honest morning show.”
In April, the president took to Twitter to highlight the “amazing reporting” by the Fox News morning show.
Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. “Spied on before nomination.” The real story.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017
Nauert is the second Fox News personality to accept a role in the State Department.
Jonathan Wachtel, a producer for Fox News Channel’s United Nation’s bureau, moved to the State Department in February to serve as spokesman for the U.S. mission to the U.N.
Presidential administrations often pull talent from the news media to serve as press secretaries or spokespersons.
Jay Carney worked 20 years at Time Magazine prior to entering the Obama administration in 2008 as Vice President Joe Biden’s communications director. From 2011 to 2014, Carney served as President Barack Obama’s second White House press secretary.
President George W. Bush also pulled talent from the media to serve as his press liaison. Tony Snow was a regular commentator and host for Fox News prior to his 17-month stint as Bush’s third press secretary.