According to reports, Fox New Channel host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who last week hinted that she’d been contacted as a possible replacement for White House press secretary Sean Spicer, has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump for her comments.
“Trump gets angry every time he sees those stories,” an unnamed source said. “He believes that she is using him to better her own situation. He’s furious.”
Guilfoyle, current co-host of Fox News’ The Five, told the Bay Area News Group last Tuesday that she had been in continuous contact with the White House in talks about her joining Trump’s communications team. She also offered Spicer words that resembled a backhanded swipe more than advice:
“If you want to be successful and do communications with President Trump, you have to be someone who he actually wants to spend a little bit of time with,” Guilfoyle said.
At the same time, however, her comments indicated a bit of hedging on her part, as she declined to name who’d been in contact with her and made reference to her five-year contract that would prohibit her from leaving her post at FNC.
Reports on Wednesday seemed to put the kibosh on Guilfoyle joining the Trump team. The Daily Mail reported that a senior White House aide called the idea a “total non-starter” and said it was “not happening.”
Guilfoyle herself seemed to revise earlier comments as well, which was likely in response to Trump’s anger.
“As I stated in the interview, I really love what I do and my job co-hosting The Five is tough to beat,” Guilfoyle said.
Guilfoyle’s name first popped up in December as a possible press secretary, days before the Trump transition team announced that Spicer, the longtime Republican National Committee spokesman, would take the reins.
Spicer, for his part, has weathered the storm from critical pundits and media members and endured backlash over remarks about the April poison gas attack in Syria.
Talk of a staff shake-up has intensified since the communications team’s clumsy handling of FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal.
Trump has said publicly that he’s content with Spicer’s performance, but Politico reported that he had spoken to advisers about changing the face of his communications team.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders covered Spicer’s post while he was on Naval Reserve duty early in May. She drew compliments for her performance, and Politico’s report suggested that Trump may be grooming her as a replacement.
Sanders, however, quashed such whispers, saying they were “another ridiculous story” and that Spicer was “doing a great job.”
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