State Dept. Hires Host From Trump’s Favorite Fox News Show As Spokeswoman

The State Department on Monday announced the hiring of former “Fox and Friends” host Heather Nauert as the department’s official spokeswoman.

“Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the Administration’s foreign policy priorities,” the department said in a statement.

The “top-rated morning cable news show” Nauert anchored, as glowingly described by the State Department, is one of President Donald Trump’s favorites.

In 2011, before he launched his wild-card political career, Fox News announced plans to give Trump a regular branded segment on the show, called “Monday Mornings with Trump.”

Trump in January took a moment during a press conference that lasted more than an hour, during which he repeatedly lambasted the media, to praise the “very honorable people” at “Fox and Friends,” which he called “the most honest morning show.”

In February, Trump appeared to suggest he might not have won the election if he hadn’t called into the show.

“Remember those call-ins, right?” he said. “Maybe without those call-ins, someone else is sitting here.”

“I like that group of three people,” Trump said in March during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

And in April, he gave the show a shout-out on his favorite platform.

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