Nauert has moved from news anchor to the upper echelons of U.S. diplomacy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Now, it's Tillerson who's on his way out after his unceremonious firing by President Donald Trump, and Heather Nauert whose star is ascendant.Only three State Department officials – all men – now outrank Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who declined comment for this story.So Nauert tried to defend Trump's top diplomat and explain his activities to reporters without being able to travel on any of Tillerson's international trips or attend most of his Washington meetings.Soon, Trump also fired the under secretary of state who publicly defended Tillerson.Trump named Nauert to that suddenly vacant position, near the top of the hierarchy of American diplomacy.Less than a year ago, Nauert wasn't even in government.It was clear from the start that Nauert wasn't Tillerson's first choice.When Nauert arrived at the State Department in April 2017, she found relations between Tillerson and the diplomatic press corps in crisis.Department spokespeople had no regular access to Tillerson or his top advisers.Shut out from the top, Nauert developed relationships with career diplomats.
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