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Trump to nominate Newt Gingrich’s wife as Vatican ambassador

NEW YORK — President Trump has apparently settled on nominating Callista Gingrich, the wife of Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, as US ambassador to the Holy See, according to two people close to the president.

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.

Newt Gingrich, who was reached by phone Sunday evening, declined to confirm or deny that his wife would be nominated, saying only that he and his wife were told to “be very cautious” until an actual nomination was announced.

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The idea of nominating Callista Gingrich first became public in January, and during the transition Trump half-jokingly said he was intrigued by the idea of picking Callista Gingrich because it could also get Newt Gingrich out of his hair, according to one of the people with knowledge of Trump’s remarks.