President Trump is a big fan of Fox News, so it’s no surprise he may be trying to recruit another host to join the White House.
According to Politico, Fox & Friends anchor Heather Nauert is being considered as the next spokesperson for the State Department. Axios’ Mike Allen was first to report Nauert was spotted at the White House last week to speak to Trump about a communications position.
After the interview, Nauert took to Twitter to do her part to help promote Ivanka Trump’s clothing line after it was dropped by the department store chain Nordstrom:
— heather nauert (@HeatherNauert) February 9, 2017
— heather nauert (@HeatherNauert) February 12, 2017
While Trump has attacked other news channels and publishers, he almost always speaks glowingly of Fox News, often congratulating the network on their ratings and labeling their coverage of him “great.” Fox News host Greg Gutfeld has even dubbed him “the Fox News president.”
Throughout the presidential campaign, Ivanka Trump was a trustee for $300 million worth of stock in 21st Century Fox and News Corp. that belongs to Rupert Murdoch’s two youngest daughters. She officially stepped down on Dec. 28, according to the Financial Times.
By his own admission, Fox & Friends is one of Trump’s favorite news programs. During a press conference Thursday morning, the president specifically cited Fox & Friends, calling them “very honorable people” and said “they have the most honest morning show.”
Many of Trump’s early morning tweets can be traced back to segments covered by Nauert and co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade.
Back in January, Fox & Friends aired a short segment about Chelsea Manning featuring an on-screen graphic calling him an “ungrateful traitor.” Fifteen minutes after the segment aired, Trump tweeted: "Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!"
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Nauert isn’t the first Fox News personality to be linked to a White House job. Former Fox News commentator and syndicated talk show host Monica Crowley declined a job as the senior communications director for the National Security Council after it was reveled she plagiarized sections of her 2012 bestselling book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened?