Donald Trump To Nominate Callista Gingrich As US Ambassador To The Vatican

Marlene Weaver
May 16, 2017

The former House Speaker said after the inauguration that his wife was being considered for the Vatican Ambassadorship. The administration is waiting for approval from the Office of Government Ethics before making a formal announcement. He only said that he and his wife were told to "be very cautious" until the nomination was confirmed and announced by the administration.

"Maybe say to the American people - send in your questions, we'll take the best five questions and we'll answer them by name", Gingrich said, calling the press "dishonest opponents" of the president. 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.

Trump nevertheless "apparently settled" on Gingrich for the job, the Times reported, citing that source and another close to Trump.

Ms. Gingrich, a member of the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, played a critical role in Mr. Gingrich's conversion to Catholicism.

Some like John Schlageter, executive director of the Bethlehem University Foundation in Washington, hailed the choice. Gingrich would be the 11th USA ambassador to the Vatican if she is picked by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate.

"She also loves the church and the United States", he told Catholic News Service May 15.

The former congressional staffer married Gingrich in 2000 following his divorce in 1999 from his second wife, Marianne.

Louis L. Bono is temporarily serving as the chargé d'affaires to the Holy See until a permanent ambassador is confirmed.

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