Heather Nauert, U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to be the next American ambassador to the United Nations, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said.
Nauert, a State Department spokesperson, said in a statement that "the past two months have been gruelling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration."
Her impending nomination had been considered a tough sell in the Senate, where she would have faced tough questions about her relative lack of foreign policy experience, according to congressional aides.
A potential issue involving a nanny that she and her husband had employed may also have been a factor in her decision to withdraw, according to one aide. That issue, which was first reported by Bloomberg on Saturday, centred on a foreign nanny who was legally in the U.S. but did not have legal status to work, according to the aide, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The aide said some involved in the vetting process saw Nauert's inexperience and questions about her ability to represent the U.S. at the UN as a larger issue.
Trump's initial UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, served for nearly all of the administration's first two years. She announced her resignation in October with plans to step down by year's end.
That December, Trump said he would nominate Nauert, called her "very talented, very smart, very quick" and said he thought she would be "respected by all." In the wake of November elections that strengthened Republican control of the Senate, her confirmation appeared likely if not easy. Yet Trump never put Nauert's name forward with the Senate and no confirmation hearing was scheduled.
The State Department in its statement that Trump would announce a nominee for the U.N position "soon."
Made jump to State Department from Fox News
Nauert was a Fox News Channel reporter when she joined the State Department as spokesperson almost two years ago during Rex Tillerson's tenure was secretary of state. She rose to the upper echelons of the department's hierarchy after Trump fired Tillerson in March 2018 and Mike Pompeo replaced him.
In the department's statement, Pompeo said he respected Nauert's decision on the UN job and that she performed her duties as a senior member of his team "with unequalled excellence."
"Serving in the Administration for the past two years has been one of the highest honours of my life and I will always be grateful to the president, the secretary, and my colleagues at the State Department for their support," Nauert said in the statement provided by the department.
Before coming to the State Department, Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Fox & Friends. With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had moved to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter.
Nauert, who did not have a good relationship with Tillerson and had considered leaving the department, was appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs after his departure. The appointment ended in October.
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to confirm tomorrow that he has chosen State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as the next ambassador to the United Nations, according to several U.S. media outlets. Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who has held the post since the beginning of Trump's administration. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year. Trump's decision was first reported by Bloomberg News. A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Nauert, whose nomination would require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience. The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in U.S. diplomacy. She would assume the position at a time when the UN is dealing with such issues as the North Korea nuclear deal, the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and climate change. Nauert became the State Department spokesperson in April 2017 and, earlier this year, was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. According to her State Department biography, she worked at ABC News prior to her time at Fox, and before that spent a term as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the UN job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to confirm tomorrow that he has chosen State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as the next ambassador to the United Nations, according to several U.S. media outlets.
Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who has held the post since the beginning of Trump's administration. She announced in October that she would leave the position by the end of the year.
Trump's decision was first reported by Bloomberg News.
A representative of the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Nauert, whose nomination would require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor. She does not have prior political or policy-making experience.
The post is considered one of the highest profile positions in U.S. diplomacy. She would assume the position at a time when the UN is dealing with such issues as the North Korea nuclear deal, the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and climate change.
Nauert became the State Department spokesperson in April 2017 and, earlier this year, was named the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. According to her State Department biography, she worked at ABC News prior to her time at Fox, and before that spent a term as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
ABC News reported in November that Nauert had been offered the UN job, but it was not clear at the time whether she had accepted.
David Spade says he and ex-girlfriend Heather Locklear have continuously checked in on one another during difficult times in their lives.
The 53-year-old comedian appeared on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show, Radio Andy, on Wednesday, when he was asked about Locklear, whom he dated in 2006. Locklear, 56, has made headlines recently due to incidents with police and her reported issues with addiction.
“Yeah, I mean, I love her,” Spade says of the former Melrose Place star. “She was nice to go out with me. I will always be indebted to her because she was so nice, so fun, and no apologies, went out with me, didn’t care, even though I’m sure she took some grief.”
“But I grew up loving her,” he continues, recalling how they started dating. “She was on SNL once hosting when I was a writer. She goes, ‘I remember you,’ and I go, ‘There’s not a chance’ … she remembered me and I was some doofy writer, not getting any sketches on, of course, just, like, mesmerized by her, growing up on her and loving her. Ran into her later, we were friendly, and then we started hanging out. She’s always chirpy and fun and hilarious.”
Spade says he checks in on Locklear now and then, and that the actress also reached out to him when his sister-in-law, Kate Spade, died last month by suicide.
“Heather, I check on her,” Spade says. “What can you do other than just say hello, and check in, and say, ‘If you ever want to say hi and and talk or anything,’ and that’s what people did to me with Kate. And there’s something nice about — people are just there. It’s just sort of a friendly gesture, the way they did it to me.”
Spade later said he didn’t want to come off as judgmental when reaching out.
“No one can do anything with what happened with Kate [Spade], but at least when people just say ‘hey’ that’s some niceness coming in, good vibes, instead of ‘what’s going on?’ which is obviously very tough … you don’t want to be condescending,” he notes. “And [Locklear’s] having a tough situation, whatever, we all do. I have had my down moments, like everybody, so I don’t look at anybody like, ‘Ugh, can you believe?’ I just go ‘Sh**, everyone is like one inch away from having some trouble sometime.'”
Last month, Locklear was rushed to the hospital after a reported overdose call, less than a day after she was arrested for allegedly kicking an officer at her home when police responded to a domestic disturbance call. The Sheriff’s Office told ET at the time that police wanted her to be evaluated due to her level of intoxication. While the EMT was evaluating her, she allegedly kicked him as well.
A source later told ET that Locklear was expected to head back to rehab after her arrest, and that her family was relieved that she would be going back into treatment.
But Spade and Locklear have clearly remained on good terms since their split. ET was on the set of Spade’s show, Rules of Engagement, in 2007, when Locklear guest-starred. The actress jokingly told ET she and Spade were like “kissing cousins.”
“We went together to a concert once, Kid Rock was there,” she also recalled. “He started laughing — ‘You’re like the same height’ — and I said, ‘That’s so not cute.'”
For more on Locklear’s recent troubles, watch the video below:
Heather Locklear is out of rehab.
A source close to the actress tells ET that Locklear is back home and sober, after entering rehab earlier this month following her arrest for one count felony domestic violence and three counts misdemeanor battery on a police officer.
The source also says, however, that the Melrose Place star is back with her boyfriend, Chris Heisser, who was involved in the enounter that led to her February arrest. “Heather came out of rehab and went straight back into the arms of Chris Heisser,” the source shares.
“They are like oil and water, fighting nonstop,” the source continues, adding that her family wants to see her and Heisser part ways.
“Her family wants to see her focus on her health and sobriety and once that’s in place, she can then start fresh with a new man,” the source reveals. “Right now, Heather is sober and she is in therapy. She is taking it one day at a time.”
As for Locklear’s daughter, 20-year-old Ava Sambora, the source says their relationship is a work in progress. “Ava is hurt and angry that her mother is taking steps backwards” by going back to Heisser, the source claims. “Ava is coping as she always does because she has no choice … Ava deals with a lot of anxiety.”
Locklear was arrested on Feb. 25 after a domestic violence call was reported at a residence. In an initial investigation, police allege that she had battered Heisser at the residence prior to their arrival. During the arrest, police say Locklear allegedly became combative and uncooperative, and allegedly battered three deputies.
A few hours after Locklear’s arrest, Heisser was arrested on a driving under the influence charge in Thousand Oaks, California. He was cited and released shortly after.
A source told ET earlier this month that Locklear believed “this whole situation is just one big mistake.” “[She’s] blaming her brother for making the call to the police,” the source claimed. “She also thinks her boyfriend [Chris Heisser] has blown everything out of proportion.”
ET has reached out to Heisser, as well as representatives for Locklear, including her attorney, for comment.
Reporting by Adriane Schwartz.
Why does any successful athlete attempt to return to competition after reaching the pinnacle?
What is there to be gained from an encore performance by a woman who has been an Olympic champion not once, but twice?
When your chosen line of work is bobsleigh brakeman, it’s certainly not money or fame. There’s precious little of either to be had when you sit huddled in anonymity in the sled’s back seat and cling to the hope that you might rocket fleetingly into the spotlight once every four years.
But for Heather Moyse, 39, of Summerside, P.E.I., there’s something that compels her to give it a try, as she announced her comeback to the track on Monday night.
“It’s a huge challenge,” Moyse told CBC Sports.
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“It’s about investing in the future generation of athletes. Yes, my aim is to make the team. Ideally I’d like to make qualification, get in a sled and help a young driver succeed.”
Moyse won Olympic gold with pilot Kaillie Humphries at both the Vancouver and Sochi Olympics, and narrowly missed a third medal at her first Games when she pushed Helen Upperton to a fourth-place finish at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, missing the podium by 5/100ths of a second.
Along the way, Moyse accumulated a bundle of track push start records at the finest bobsleigh venues in the world. Plus, she’s an accomplished rugby player and is one of a few Canadians to have been inducted to the international Rugby Hall of Fame.
Acknowledged to be the finest female brakeman in Canadian history, Moyse hasn’t trained on the ice track in 3½ years, but an August email from development driver Alysia Rissling of Edmonton caused her to rethink her future course.
“The trigger happened when I got the email from Alysia saying that I could be that experienced person who could provide guidance. That it was more than just a physical push but also something psychological … that I could bring to the table, the mental part of the game,” Moyse said.
“I had never met her, but I was intrigued by how passionate and determined she was. It made me think that a comeback is within the realm of possibility and if I can help — then I’m going to try.”
Not about reuniting with Humphries
There had been an approach earlier in the year from her former partner Humphries, but Moyse declined, figuring she had nothing left to prove by returning to a familiar situation. The fuel behind her renaissance is apparently not about a third consecutive gold medal.
It seemingly goes beyond the personal victory.
“I’m not motivated to do the same thing. My aim is not to be behind Kaillie in the Canada 1 sled,” Moyse stressed. “My whole business is about empowering young people. It’s about helping a rookie Olympian in potentially reaching the podium. I think it’s realistic. Sometimes we limit what we set out to do by what we convince ourselves is realistic. But I believe in possibilities and sometimes we have to redefine what is realistic.”
As it is with all comebacks, there are, of course, no guarantees.
Moyse has had hip surgery since the last Olympics and her rugby career took its toll, causing her to miss entire bobsleigh seasons between Olympic appearances.
Her back is chronically out of alignment and she’s got some catching up to do in order to compete with and perhaps surpass much younger athletes.
Still, based on the assessment of Bobsleigh Canada’s high-performance staff, she believes it’s worth trying to recapture a widely acknowledged ability to push a sled to remarkable velocity off the line.
“I believe this strengthens the chances for Canada,” Moyse figured. “But I have to be disciplined. Right now it’s a matter of me catching up with my power potential. This is the nature of high performance sport.”
In a sense, she’s answered the call. But in doing so, Moyse is bound to create a whole new environment in the Canadian camp just months away from the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Although they have yet to experience the Olympics, brakemen Melissa Lotholz and Cynthia Appiah have both established themselves in the seat behind Humphries on the World Cup circuit, and at the world championships. And recently Canadian star hurdler Phylicia George is challenging for a spot in a sled once the Olympics in South Korea roll around.
Stirring the pot
While Moyse is slightly nervous about stirring the pot, she’s been able to justify the rationale behind her return to the fray.
“It’s never been an easy thing to do, to come in and compete for a job with somebody else,” she said.
“I think initially there will be a bit of hesitation and nervousness on the part of others. That’s natural. It’s tough but it’s a part of what it means to be an Olympic athlete. I hope it will spark some drive and a positive, competitive environment. This is about putting the best people together on the day and giving the country more chances to win.”
It’s not like this is the first time Moyse has attempted this. The situation was similar in the fall of 2013 before the last Games in Sochi. She showed up after recovering from shoulder injury and eventually turned an unlikely training camp appearance into another gold medal.
Her arrival at the Ice House in Calgary, where the sleds repeatedly rumble out of the start gate, is like a signal that things are getting serious. It’s an indication that the campaign is about to get underway in earnest.
“It’s all going to be real very soon,” Moyse said before catching her flight. “The opportunity to help in a totally different way is hugely motivating and an immense challenge. I hope by doing this I can convert that feeling into something really positive in the Olympic season.”
Perhaps that’s what’s driving this comeback effort.
When push comes to shove, Moyse wants to be someone who is more than just along for the ride.
Her aim is to help Canada’s future bobsleigh stars navigate their way to victory at the Olympics.
The grandfather and father of the woman killed in Virginia when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally were among the first speakers at her memorial service on Wednesday.
The service for Heather Heyer was held at a downtown Charlottesville theatre. Attendees wore purple, Heyer’s favourite colour, in her memory. Speakers recalled her passion for causes she believed in.
Heyer’s father, Mark Heyer, said, “Heather’s passion extended to her ideas and her thoughts. She could tell if someone wasn’t being straight with her and she’d call them on it.
“On this issue of the day of her passing, she wanted to put down hate,” he said.
There were no signs of protesters outside the theatre. White supremacists had threatened to attend, but none appeared to be at the site.
The 32-year-old was a Charlottesville resident and legal assistant whose mother described her as a courageous, principled woman and firm believer in justice and equality.
Heyer was among the hundreds of protesters who had gathered Saturday in Charlottesville to decry what was believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade — including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They descended on the city for a rally prompted by the city’s decision to remove a Confederate monument.
Chaos and violence erupted before the event even began, with counter-demonstrators and rally-goers clashing in the streets.
Authorities forced the crowd to disperse, and groups then began roaming through town. Counter-protesters had converged for a march along a downtown street when suddenly a Dodge Challenger barrelled into them, hurling people into the air. Video shows the car reversing and hitting more people.
The Ohio man who police say was driving, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., was described by a former high school teacher as an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. He was quickly taken into custody and has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts.
Remembered as big-hearted
Heyer grew up in nearby Greene County and worked as a legal assistant at a law firm. Her boss, Larry Miller, said the young woman was active in the firm’s bankruptcy practice and was like a family member to him.
“She’s very compassionate, she’s very precise, got a big heart, she wants to make sure that things are right. She cares about the people that we take care of. She’s just a great person,” Miller said.
Her mother, Susan Bro, said she would prefer to grieve in private but felt compelled to try to follow her daughter’s example.
“I miss her so, so much, but I’m going to make her death worth something,” Susan Bro told The Associated Press.
Charlottesville police Chief Al Thomas said this week that his department is working with Heyer’s family to ensure the safety of those at vigils and other memorials.
The Paramount Theater, which is hosting the vigil, said in a statement that it had made arrangements for overflow attendees to view the service through a live stream.
Also killed Saturday were two Virginia State Police troopers who were aboard a helicopter that was providing video of the event before it broke off to lend support to a motorcade for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The helicopter crashed outside of Charlottesville. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
A funeral for trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates has been set for Friday and a funeral for Lt. H. Jay Cullen, the helicopter’s pilot, is scheduled for Saturday.
Heather Heyer came to downtown Charlottesville, Va., with her friends to take a stand against white nationalists who converged on the Virginia college town to demand the city keep a statue honouring a Confederate war hero, her boss said on Sunday.
The 32-year-old paralegal wanted to send a clear message to the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers who planned to stage one of the largest supremacist rallies in recent U.S. history that people abhor such views in the city where she was born, Alfred Wilson said.
But her decision to join counter-protesters on Saturday resulted in tragedy when a 20-year-old Ohio man drove his car at high speed into a line of marchers, killing Heyer and injuring at least 19 others.
A strong sense of social justice was a constant theme in Heyer’s personal and working life, said Wilson, bankruptcy division manager at the Miller Law Group.
“There have been times that I’ve walked back to her office and she had tears in her eyes” for various injustices she saw in the world, such as the time she was weeping after reading anti-Muslim comments online, Wilson said.
‘She was all about equality’
Heyer was “a very strong, very opinionated young woman” who “made known that she was all about equality,” he told Reuters on Sunday.
The two have worked closely since Heyer joined the firm a little more than five years ago.
“Purple was her favourite colour,” said Wilson, recalling how much Heyer, who shared a duplex apartment in Charlottesville with her beloved pet Chihuahua named Violet. “She would wear purple a lot, and she would wear it every day if she could get away with it.”
Born in Charlottesville, the home of the University of Virginia’s main campus, Heyer was raised in a nearby town and graduated from William Monroe High School in Stanardsville.
A big part of Heyer’s job was to help people who were trying to avoid being evicted from their homes, or have their cars repossessed, or needed help paying medical bills, he said.
Heyer was a supporter of Bernie Sanders, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination won by Hillary Clinton, Wilson said.
As a white woman, she thought it unfair that she enjoyed liberties that Wilson, as a black man, did not, he said.
“You’re college-educated, but if you walk into the store you may have people following you, and it’s not fair,” Wilson quoted Heyer as having said to him often.
Heyer, said Wilson, was strongly opposed to President Donald Trump, and she also spoke out against Jason Kessler, the blogger who organized the “Unite the Right” rally that was broken up before it began on Saturday.
The rally drew white supremacist groups such as the KKK, Nazi sympathizers, armed militias and alt-right groups who say they advocate for “pro-white” culture.
“A big thing that bothered Heather was this whole past election,” said Wilson. “She would literally sit in the office and cry at times because she was worried about what was going to happen to the country.”
A GoFundMe campaign started Saturday for Heyer’s family quickly exceeded its $ 200,000 US goal.