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Kimberly Guilfoyle, best known as co-host of Fox News’ The Five, revealed in an interview with Bay Area News Group on Monday evening that she has been in conversation with President Donald Trump’s administration to take over the role of White House press secretary. If Guilfoyle were to step into the position, she would be replacing current Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who has been oft-criticized since taking the mantle in January.
“Sean Spicer is a very nice man and a patriot; he’s dedicated himself to this public service,” Guilfoyle said. “Very tough position he’s in — I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it.”
She went on to speak about her own thoughts on taking over the position. “I’m a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country,” Guilfoyle said. “I think it’d be a fascinating job, it’s a challenging job, and you need someone really determined and focused, a great communicator in there with deep knowledge to be able to handle that position.”
Guilfoyle’s name was reportedly raised by Trump himself in recent meetings, according to reports by The New York Times.
A former prosecutor in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Guilfoyle was previously married to former San Francisco mayor and current California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. The two divorced in 2005 when Guilfoyle relocated to New York City to begin her television career.
On her show last week, following Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, Guilfoyle criticized certain aspects of Trump’s current press team, though she didn’t offer her own name to take over. “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,” she said on The Five. “You’ve got to insist on getting in front of POTUS, talk to him, and have like five, six minutes with him before you go out there and take the podium, and otherwise you’re driving blind.”
Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Guilfoyle interviewed Trump several times. Her son also went to school with Trump’s granddaughter.
“Kimberly is a valued member of the FOX News primetime lineup, and is under a long-term contract with the network,” a Fox News spokesperson said.
“As I stated in the interview, I really love what I do and my job co-hosting The Five is tough to beat,” Guilfoyle stated through a spokesperson.
The White House has not yet released an official statement regarding Guilfoyle.
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