Trump expected to pick new State Department spokesperson

Trump expected to pick new State Department spokesperson

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pick Morgan Ortagus as the new State Department spokesperson, according to a senior administration official.

Ortagus, who was a Fox News contributor, has been under consideration to replace Heather Nauert for several weeks now, while officials have been preparing paperwork and examining her background, CNN reported.

Nauert moved away from the role after she was slated to be nominated as the new US ambassador to the UN before later withdrawing herself from consideration, though a State Department official confirmed that she is still the spokesperson and still being paid.

Ortagus was an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. She began her career as a public affairs officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development.