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Trump reportedly considering Fox News star for White House press secretary

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle for the position of White House press secretary. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle for the position of White House press secretary. Guilfoyle appears regularly on the Fox News Channel and is a co-host of the network's primetime show, "The Five."

The New York Times reported on Friday that Guilfoyle, 48, has caught the eye of Trump as a potential replacement for Sean Spicer, the current press secretary.

According to The Times’ report, “while Mr. Trump has raised the Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle to allies as a possible press secretary, he has spent several hours with Mr. Spicer this week, praising his television ‘ratings’ during the briefings.”

In December, before Spicer was named to the position, reports surfaced Guilfoyle was one of the top candidates for the job and that she and Spicer, a former spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, might split the responsibilities.

Mediaite, a right-leaning outlet that covers media-related news, reported in December, “Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle has been making a push for the White House press secretary role. Per the report, Republican National Committee spokesperson Sean Spicer is still seen as the favorite for the position. But the team is looking at offering Guilfoyle an ‘ancillary role,’ and that there is consideration of perhaps having Spicer and the Fox host split the position.”

Reports indicated at the time Spicer was the choice of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Guilfoyle was backed by chief strategist Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart.com.

The reports about Guilfoyle emerged on the same day Trump suggested on Twitter he might support ending regular White House press briefings entirely.

In one post, Trump wrote, “As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!....”

In a follow-up post, Trump wrote, “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”

(H/T: Mediaite)

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