Fox News has confirmed that Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has been dating Donald Trump Jr, is getting ready to leave Fox News. Gabriel Sherman, of NBC News, first reported the rumor this morning, citing “3 sources” who he said had been “briefed on the matter.” Later this morning, CNN also reported that Guilfoyle will step down from Fox — and that she will join Donald Trump Jr on the campaign trail ahead of the midterm elections.
This afternoon, Fox News sent out a confirmation, saying simply, “FOX News has parted ways wtih Kimberly Guilfoyle.”
Guilfoyle has made no secret of her ambitions. Last year, she told the Bay Area News Group that she had had “conversations” with the White House about becoming the next White House press secretary. She said it would be “an honor” to serve the country by working for the White House communications team. But at the time, Fox News quickly issued a statement saying that Guilfoyle was under a “long term contract” with the network.
Until today, Guilfoyle was a co-host of The Five on Fox News. Last month, Guilfoyle spoke publicly about her relationship with Donald Trump Jr. She has dropped hints that she expects Donald Jr. to have a bright political future one day — and she even hinted that she imagines herself as his wife.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Guilfyole Has Said She Would be Honored to Be the White House Press Secretary
Last year, Guilfyole said that “a number of people” in the White House had raised the possibility of her becoming the next White House press secretary. She said other roles White House communication roles had also been discussed.
Guilfoyle said, “I’m a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country. 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 was considered for press secretary during Trump’s political transition, but ultimately Sean Spicer was chosen for the job.
More recently, there have been rumors that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander would step down at the end of the year.
2. Guilfoyle Has Already Been Married Twice. Now She’s Gushing About Donald Trump Jr’s Manly Qualities
Guilfoyle has been married twice before — to former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and to businessman Eric Villency. Now, the 49 year old Fox News co-host is hinting that she wants Donald Trump Jr. to be husband number three.
She said she “finally got it right” with Donald Trump Jr.
Guilfoyle appeared on Breitbart News and gushed about Trump Jr. She told host Alex Marlow that Trump Jr is “an incredible outdoorsman” and “the best I’ve ever shot with.” She added, “He knows everything about weapons, which I admire, because I’m a big Second Amendment supporter.” Guilfoyle said that when she was working as a prosecutor she would go out shooting with SWAT officers and “military guys” — so she knows what she’s talking about.
Trump Jr. split from his wife, Vanessa, in March. He and Guilfoyle have been dating publicly since May.
3. Guilfoyle Called Trump Jr An “Up and Coming” Political Figure With a “Compelling Political Mind”
Guilfoyle raved to Breitbart Radio about Trump Jr’s political gifts. She said the 40 year old Donald Jr “has a compelling political voice, he is incredibly bright. I have seen him at these different rallies.” Guilfoyle called Trump Jr an “up and coming” political figure.
The Fox News co-host talked at length about her own working class upbringing, explaining that she worked her way through college and law school. But she said that, even though Donald Trump Jr was born into the upper class, he is not at all “entitled.” She said that he — and his siblings — are “hardworking” and “the real deal.”
4. Guilfoyle Spent July 4th With Trump Jr — and The President — At the White House
On July Fourth, Trump Jr invited Guilfoyle to the White House. He instagrammed photos of the visit, writing, “A very Happy 4th of July to everyone! It was great meeting all the veterans and active duty service members visiting the White House! Today is America’s birthday, and we are making it GREAT again! ”
5. Rumors Have Been Swirling That Sarah Sanders Is Ready to Step Down As White House Press Secretary — Leaving the Position Open For Someone New
For at least a month, there have been rumors circulating that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is planning to leave her position. CBS News reported back in June that Sanders had told some of her close friends that she would step down at the end of the year.
However, when reporters asked Sanders directly about her plans to leave, she responded that she has no such plans — and wondered out loud why CBS News never spoke to her about the story. Sanders said, “I can tell you that I show up here everyday. I love my job. I’m glad to work for the president, and each and every day I’ll pray for clarity and discernment on what my future looks like,” she said. “Right now I think the country looks pretty good and I’m glad to be a part of that process and I’m going to continue to do my job.”