May 19, 2017 / 11:13 PM / 4 months ago

Trump nominates Callista Gingrich as ambassador to Vatican

Newt Gingrich arrives with his wife, Callista, for a meeting with U.S. President elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Callista Gingrich as ambassador to the Vatican, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

She is the wife of former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich and produces documentary films on public policy and history.

The announcement came as Trump embarked on Friday on his maiden foreign trip as president, which will include a visit to the Vatican.

Reporting by Eric Walsh

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