First, President Dina Powell's former Assistant National Security Advisor was considered, then incapacitated. Then a long list of candidates was released, including Kay Bailey Hutchison, the ambassador of NATO; Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen organization; Richard Grenell, ambassador to Germany; and John James, who recently lost a race in the Michigan Senate to Democrat Debbie Stabenow.
But after CNN and several other outlets reported that Trump told others that "Nauert be his first choice", their critics began with intense lobbying to destroy Nauert's candidacy. A source with knowledge of the process, top leaders said and asked the president to postpone an announcement and consider other candidates as they were worried that Nauert did not have enough foreign policy experience. They argued that their steep rise since their arrival at the State Department in 201
Other candidates have been swimming for the past month, but so far none of them seem to have impressed Trump, and several officials say he stayed high on Nauert. They say their lack of experience is less important to the president, an avid fan of Fox News, than their loyalty to the White House. The fact that she is a woman and could be a polished proxy on television speaks to Trump, according to sources familiar with his thinking.
According to sources, Nauert also has strong support from the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
If Trump moves on and lingers for the job, the nomination would cap a steep rise in diplomacy in less than two years.
At the beginning of her career, Nauert worked as a health insurance consultant. According to the State Department, she is said to have studied at Mount Vernon Seminary and College, a private women's school in Washington DC, and Columbia University's Journalism School.
Nauert then spent more than 20 years in journalism, mainly at Fox News. There she headed the British coverage for "Fox & Friends" for a short time as a general reporter at ABC. She left Fox to join the Trump administration.