Report: Callista Gingrich under consideration to be Vatican ambassador

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering Callista Gingrich, the third wife of former Georgia lawmaker and Donald Trump confidante Newt Gingrich, to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reported the papal news on Thursday, citing a “person briefed on the discussions”:

Mr. Gingrich, reached by telephone, said that he was aware that his wife had been on a list for the job, but declined to say where things stand.

If nominated and confirmed by the Senate, the move would represent a major career shift for Gingrich, who has never held elected office. Before taking over as president of Gingrich Productions, a production company she started with her husband, Gingrich spent roughly two decades as a Capitol Hill aide.

The Times reported that William Simon Jr., a friend of Rudy Giuliani, is also in the running.

Gingrich is Catholic and has been a paid member of the choir of Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, according to The Washington Post.

Thursday’s news was all the more surprising given that Gingrich’s husband was always seen as the more likely of the two to formally serve in the Trump administration. Newt Gingrich was at one point under consideration to be Trump’s running mate or member of the Cabinet, but he withdrew his name from consideration for secretary of state — the position he later short-listed — after it became clear he wasn’t a front-runner. He continues to serve as one of Trump’s chief defenders on cable news and social media.

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Stacy Canady
Stacy Canady

The mistress? Did someone tell the Pope?

Gwen Buice
Gwen Buice

I think that Ellen Davidson appears to be a trump supporter Sylvia Lewis.

Truett Goodwin
Truett Goodwin

Great. Appoint her and let the Vatican reject her credentials. I think this Pope has the cahungas to do just that.

Sylvia Lewis
Sylvia Lewis

What kind of woman steals a dying woman's man from her on her death bed ~~ I know, I know- the one who should have a one way ticket to HELL...Not the Vatican!!!

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

It seems like anyone who helped trump gets a job, doesn't matter if they are qualified or not.

Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin

It's a family affair. It's family affair...

Michael Manely
Michael Manely

I don't think the priests particularly need her talents.

Brenda Diane Luck
Brenda Diane Luck

Is this the same woman that he cheated with while his wife was dying of cancer. Then by all means appoint her. She'll fit right in with the rest of the maniacs.

Becca Ollis Bannister
Becca Ollis Bannister

Robert David Lindsey she's as Catholic as she is pious. Shameful and disrespectful to make an adulteress the Vatican ambassador...

Robert David Lindsey
Robert David Lindsey

At least she is Catholic, I anticipating for minute, the way Trump has been nominating, that he would pick Anton Lavey, to entertain the Holy See.

Georgia Luckett Champion
Georgia Luckett Champion

Newt left his first wife (sick with cancer) for his second wife. He met this wife while cheating on his 2nd wife. She knew he was married. This wife happened when he was going after Clinton on his bad sexual behavior. Nice people.

Pete Eisenhauer
Pete Eisenhauer

They allow those who abetted the rape of children work in the Vatican.

Brian Apple
Brian Apple

They allow those who have committed adultery to work in the Vatican?

David Kam Hudder
David Kam Hudder

She'll be safer than us, behind Vatican walled city, with lots of guns and guards.

Martha Heath Johnson
Martha Heath Johnson

I'm sure Pope Francis would love to have a talk with her and Newt! The Pope doesn't approve of their Republican policies!

Bill Bexley
Bill Bexley

LOL! You can't make this kinda stuff up!

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

Cry cry cry, none of Trump's picks are any good, they are all criminal billionaires who don't care, cry cry cry trantrum tantrum tantrum... One day we'll be able to power the world with liberal tears.

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Please enlighten us to their qualifications. Any one of them, your pick. Go..

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

I think the 3 generals he picked are actually over qualified for the positions they hold. Tillerson may seem unqualified but he's had business dealing all over the world being a CEO of a major corporation.. negotiations, agreements etc are they majority of what the secretary of state does. You need a strong person with negotiating skills. We'll see how they work out, I'm sure if they are not a good fit Trump will boot them.. who would you pick for secretary of state?

Sylvia Lewis
Sylvia Lewis

Ya'll Help me with this~ Why would a "husband stealer" be an appropriate "model" to serve/represent [AMBASSADORSHIP] true: Christian Women in ANY POSITION or CAPACITY at the Vatican? ¿?¿!!!

Georgia Luckett Champion
Georgia Luckett Champion

This is the heart of the Catholic Church. They deserve our respect by getting an ambassador with more morals.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Her personal life does not make her any less of a Christian. God judges not man.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Georgia Luckett Champion Ask your priest if your judgment is ok by him. I am Baptist, but we were taught God judges sin.

Andy Young
Andy Young

Stepford Robot-Wife. Check her for a real pulse.

Dorothy M. Tate
Dorothy M. Tate

Won't the Vatican object to an adulterer being the Ambassador to the Vatican. ijs

Dorothy M. Tate
Dorothy M. Tate

Maybe ..but the Catholic Church say she is an adulterer.

Bob Miller
Bob Miller

Don't mind having a Communist Pope.

Jay Ansley
Jay Ansley

People on here are such good Christians that they can only snipe ............MPA

Dorothy M. Tate
Dorothy M. Tate

Not snipe you are the one who said she was a faithful Catholic faithful Catholics don't carry on a longtime affair with another woman's husband i am pretty laid back but i draw the line at affairs with another woman's husband.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

^^^^^^^ Dorothy M. Tate He without sin cast the first stone. Are you so Lilly white without sin in your life that you can judge and publicly shame people? ?

Dorothy M. Tate
Dorothy M. Tate

Ellen Davidson I am not judging her just stating facts ..