WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10:  Callista Gingrich introduces her husband, Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. Thousands of conservative activists are attending the annual gathering in the nation's capital.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to Vatican
00:59 - Source: CNN

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The announcement comes as Trump begins his first international trip as president

Newt Gingrich was a close ally of Trump's during the presidential campaign

CNN  — 

President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Callista Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to be the US ambassador to the Vatican.

CNN reported the nomination was expected.

The announcement comes as Trump begins his first international trip as president, which will include a meeting with Pope Francis in Rome on Wednesday.

Gingrich is a devout Catholic, telling the Christian Broadcasting Network in a 2011 interview that she has “always been a very spiritual person.”

Newt Gingrich was a close ally of Trump’s during the presidential campaign and was considered for a Cabinet position, but decided against taking a role in the administration.