Kimberly Guilfoyle revealed last night on The Five that she received an early morning phone call from President Trump to discuss and preview his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement.
The Fox News Channel host, a strong Trump supporter, praised the president’s decision that lived up to a campaign promise as brave and courageous “and, in fact, I told him that this morning at 8 a.m. when he called,” Guilfoyle declared to her fellow panelists and the Fox viewers.
Upon questioning by her somewhat stunned co-hosts, Guilfoyle said that she talked about climate change, taxes, and The Five (he’s a big fan) with the president. Guilfoyle added that Trump realized that some people would be upset and disappointed with this decision to leave the Paris agreement, but he would do his best to outline his reasoning in the speech he delivered later that afternoon. You can see the video clip below.
There has been speculation that Guilfoyle might replace Sean Spicer as White House press secretary, and Guilfoyle’s revelation, which some might consider a humble brag, may add to the speculation. Fox has said that Guilfoyle is under a long-term contract, but it’s worth noting that Bill O’Reilly also was on a multiyear deal with the network.
Earlier this month, “KG,” as she is nicknamed by her FNC colleagues, confirmed that she was in talks with the Trump administration to possibly take a position at the White House.
She told the San Jose Mercury News, “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.”
If the 8 a.m. phone call is any indication, the reports that President Trump was supposedly furious with Guilfoyle for discussing it publicly was more in the realm of fake news.
Guilfoyle, 48, was under consideration for the press secretary job during the post-election transition before it went to Spicer, the communications director of the Republican National Committee in Washington for the previous five years.
In the Mercury News interview, she declined to throw any shade on incumbent Spicer, a frequent Saturday Night Live target, describing him as “a very nice man and a patriot; he’s dedicated himself to this public service. Very tough position he’s in — I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it.” She also underscored that she enjoys a good relationship with the president.
“Telling the world about her Thursday-morning phone call with the president was a not-so-subtle way of advertising that ‘very good relationship,'” the Washington Post noted.
As White House press secretary, if that ever comes to fruition, Guilfoyle would have to take a significant pay cut and move with her young son from New York City to D.C. On the other hand, anyone who worked on a president’s communications team can generally write his or her own ticket in media or public relation after leaving government service. Fox (or a competitor) would probably rehire Guilfoyle in a New York minute if it ever came to that. With that in mind, one of Guilfoyle’s co-hosts on The Five is the former George W. Bush press secretary Dana Perino.
The former high-profile California prosecutor, and later first lady of San Francisco when she was married to then-Mayor Gavin Newsom (a Democrat who is now his state’s lieutenant governor), Kimberly Guilfoyle worked for Court TV and CNN before joining Fox News in January 2006.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Kimberly Guilfoyle is the daughter of an Irish cop and a Puerto Rican schoolteacher and was born in San Francisco. She is a graduate of UC Davis and the University of San Francisco School of Law, and modeling for the Victoria’s Secret catalog is part of her resume.
In addition to The Five, she also regularly appears on other Fox News and Fox Business shows as a political and legal analyst, as well as a substitute anchor from time to time.
Are you surprised that President Trump placed a telephone call to Kimberly Guilfoyle to discuss climate change and the Paris agreement?
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