Popular “Fox & Friends” co-host Heather Nauert has accepted a position as spokeswoman for the State Department, according to a weekend report by Bloomberg.
While not yet formally announced by the department or Secretary Rex Tillerson, Bloomberg cited two sources who asked not to be identified.
Nauert has been with Fox News and local New York City affiliate Fox 5 for most of the past 20 years, serving since 2012 as news anchor for “Fox & News.” She worked for two years for ABC News from 2005-2007.
Donald Trump had been a regular guest on the morning show prior to announcing his candidacy, and once gave the program partial credit for helping start his 2016 presidential campaign.
“You have treated me very fairly and I appreciate it,” Trump told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” in a February interview. “I’ve been a friend of your show for a long time … Remember those call-ins, right?” Trump asked. “Maybe without those call-ins, somebody else is sitting here.”
The move will mean a pay cut for Nauert, who reportedly earned $500,000 a year at Fox. Her new boss, Tillerson, receives a salary of $205,700.
The department, criticized for having suspended daily press briefings, is expected to benefit from Nauert’s expertise and to improve its public relations.