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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich walk to talk with media at Trump Tower, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in New York after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump's reported choice for ambassador to the Vatican? Newt Gingrich's wife.


President Trump has reportedly settled on Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as his choice for the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, The New York Times reported.

The choice comes two weeks before a possibly tense and tricky diplomatic meeting with Pope Francis.

The choice is reportedly not to be announced until it is approved by the Office of Government Ethics.  

The idea of Gingrich becoming the ambassador to Vatican City was first posited by Trump during the transition process, joking that nominating Newt Gingrich's wife would get the former house speaker out of his hair. 

However, Gingrich and his wife became frustrated during the vetting process, with Callista even threatening to take her name out of the running over its slow pace. 

Callista Gingrich is a member of the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 

Trump's potential choice isn't going over too well on social media. 

Many pointed out Callista's role in breaking up Gingrich's marriage to Marianne Gingrich.

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