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Kimberly Guilfoyle In Talks To Replace Sean Spicer

| by David Bonner

Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle is reportedly up for the White House press secretary job.

On May 12, The New York Times mentioned in passing that President Donald Trump had spoken to "allies" about Guilfoyle as a possible replacement for current press secretary Sean Spicer.

She was originally considered for press secretary during the presidential transition, but the job went to Spicer, the former spokesman for the Republican National Committee.  

In an interview with the Bay Area News Group on May 15, Guilfoyle said the idea of her taking the job or another press role in the White House has been “raised by a number of people” in the Trump administration.

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"I’m a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country,” she said. “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.”

Currently, Guilfoyle is one of the hosts of the Fox News show "The Five," in which the hosts "debate and at times debunk the hot news stories, controversies and issues of the day," according to the show's web page.

On a recent episode of show, Guilfoyle seemed to be auditioning for Spicer's job. "If you want to be successful and do communications with President Trump, you have to be someone who he actually wants to spend a little bit of time with," she said.

She added: "You’ve got to insist on getting in front of POTUS, talk to him, and have like five, six minutes with him before you go out there and take the podium, and otherwise you’re driving blind. It has to be somebody with a very close relationship, where there’s trust there, there’s inherent loyalty, someone who’s been there from the beginning."

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She has known Trump since 2004. "I think I have a very good relationship with the president," Guilfoyle said. "I think I enjoy a very straightforward and authentic, very genuine relationship, one that’s built on trust and integrity, and I think that’s imperative for success in that position."

The White House has not responded to the speculation over Guilfoyle replacing Spicer, whom she described as "a very nice man and a patriot" who is in a "very tough position." She added: "I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it."

Sources: The Mercury News, Fox News, The New York Times / Photo credit: Nick Step/Wikimedia Commons

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