Fox News is bringing a member of the Trump family onto its payroll.
The cable news channel has hired Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump, as a contributor. She is married to the ex-president’s son Eric.
The hiring was announced on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, introduced by co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt. “Let’s bring in Lara Trump, former senior adviser for the Trump campaign, and we have a big announcement,” Earhardt said. “She is a new Fox News contributor. Welcome to the family, Lara.”
The hiring is notable not only because Lara Trump will be the first member of the former president’s family to hold a paid role with Fox News since he left office, but also because she is reportedly weighing a run for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina next year.
Fox News typically cuts ties with employees and contributors once they officially announce their candidacy. Most recently, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary, announced her intention to run for governor of Arkansas, with the channel cutting her loose at the same time.
Fox News has hired a few former Trump administration officials since he left office in January. Most notably, former economic adviser Larry Kudlow joined as a contributor and host for Fox Business Network, and former Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany joined the channel as a contributor earlier this month.