After days of intense speculation that Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle was in line to replace White House press secretary Sean Spicer, news accounts now report that her departure from Fox is not likely.
Guilfoyle, whom Trump had interviewed last fall for the post, had seemed to have an inside track on the job, and in a weekend interview talked as though Spicer was already part of history.
“Sean Spicer is a very nice man and a patriot. He’s dedicated himself to this public service. Very tough position he’s in. I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it.”
However, The Daily Mail on Wednesday reported a White House official it did not name as saying that the move “is a total non-starter. Not happening.”
As reported by Western Journalism, the network and Guilfoyle had each issued statements making it appear that the co-host of The Five was likely to stay with Fox.
“Kimberly is a valued member of the Fox News prime-time lineup, and is under a long-term contract with the network,” a Fox spokesperson said.
Guilfoyle also noted that although she admitted in an interview that the idea of serving as White House spokeswoman was appealing, she was happy at Fox.
“As I stated in the interview, I really love what I do, and my job co-hosting The Five is tough to beat,” she said in her statement.
Guilfoyle’s name emerged in the wake of Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, which was widely regarded as a communications failure for the White House.
On the night Comey was fired, a Washington Post story portrayed Spicer as snappish and reported that he sought to hide behind bushes when reporters asked him questions about Comey. During last week’s hectic events, Spicer was replaced in the White House briefing room by deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Spicer was reportedly serving his Navy Reserve commitment at the time.
Speculation that Trump might dump Spicer was also fueled by Trump himself in an interview with Jeanine Pirro on Fox News Saturday night in which Trump said Spicer is “doing a good job, but he gets beat up.”
When Pirro asked if Spicer was “in the woods,” Trump gave a roundabout answer.
“He’s getting beat up. No, he just gets beat up by these people, and again you know they don’t show the 90 questions that they asked and answered properly. I’m saying if they’re off just a little bit, just a little bit, it’s the big story,” he said.
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