Guess Which Gingrich Trump Plans to Add to His Cabinet

16 May 2017, 07:00 | Myrtle Hill

Mark Wilson Getty Images Callista Gingrich with her husband former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to Vatican

President Donald Trump will nominate Callista Gingrich as US ambassador to the Vatican, according to several reports published Sunday.

Callista Gingrich, a former congressional aide who is now an author and president of a multimedia production company, considers herself a devout Catholic.

President Donald Trump will be visiting the Vatican later this month as part of his first foreign trip.

The decision to nominate Gingrich has been made, but the announcement has taken longer than expected pending approval from the Office of Government Ethics, an administration official said.

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Soon after the inauguration, Newt Gingrich told CNN that Trump was considering his wife to be the ambassador to the Holy See.

Callista was a major factor in her husband's conversion to Catholicism, but also played a role in breaking up his second marriage. According to the Chicago Tribune, the then-Callista Bisek gave a deposition used at at her future husband's divorce proceedings that the two had begun an affair in 1993 before he became House speaker.

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 U.S.in 2008. Rick Santorum for the position, a source with knowledge of the nomination process told the New York Times. Newt neither confirmed nor denied the nomination, saying they were told to "be very cautious" until an actual nomination was announced.

But the Vatican, under Pope Francis, has shifted many of its traditional stances on divorce, and other social issues.



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