Fox News Host Says She's in Talks to Replace Spicer

Kimberly Guilfoyle wishes the current press secretary 'the best'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2017 1:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle tells the Mercury News she's in talks with the Trump administration about taking the White House press secretary gig. As for the current press secretary, Sean Spicer: "I wish him the best." Guilfoyle says she hasn't talked specifics with the administration, and the White House isn't commenting. Guilfoyle was one of the original contenders for the job that eventually went to Spicer. “I’m a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country,” Guilfoyle tells the News. She says the secret to being a good press secretary for President Trump is "to be someone who he actually wants to spend a little bit of time with." She says she believes she's that person.

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People close to the administration tell the New York Times Trump doesn't have a close working relationship with Spicer and has been less than secretive about his intentions to possibly replace him. Trump has suggested Guilfoyle as Spicer's possible successor to multiple people while blaming Spicer for continued bad press, especially in the wake of James Comey's firing. Mediaite reports that while Trump has declined to guarantee Spicer's job stability, a change-up is still far from guaranteed. (And Politico explains why Guilfoyle's new contract at Fox makes it highly unlikely.) However, Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake notes Guilfoyle recently followed a bunch of government agencies on Twitter, including FEMA, ICE, and the US Secret Service. (Read more Sean Spicer stories.)

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