President Trump will reportedly name Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as USA ambassador to the Holy See, before the president's meeting with Pope Francis later this month.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment, and the announcement is pending approval from the Office of Government Ethics, according to CNN, which first reported the news Sunday.
Soon after the inauguration, Newt Gingrich told CNN that Trump was considering his wife to be the ambassador to the Holy See.
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A formal announcement of Gingrich's nomination is likely to come this week, the White House official told The Post.
Callista Gingrich is a member of the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. The choir visited Rome in 2005 to honor John Paul II and sang for Pope Benedict XVI during his official visit to the United States in 2008.
Gingrich is a member of the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic church in North America.
Over recent months, Callista Gingrich and her husband grew increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of the vetting process, and Callista Gingrich even threatened to take her name out of the running, according to one of the people.
The president will meet with Pope Francis in Rome on May 24.
But Callista, a devout Catholic, was thought to have played a role in the softening of her husband. "I think she's a wonderful choice".
Gingrich admitted having a six-year affair with Callista, then an aide to another Republican representative, during his second marriage, his second wife Marianne told ABC during his 2012 presidential run.
The U.S. established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 1984 under President Reagan.
Newt Gingrich was born a Southern Baptist and converted to Catholicism in 2009. He held the post from October 2013 until mid-January.
President Donald Trump will visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis May 24 as part of his first foreign trip as president. As of April, the White House had not approached the Holy See for an audience with the pope during Trump's trip.
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