Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is just taunting Sean Spicer at this point.
The White House press secretary, who seems to be vanishing before our eyes, said last month that “sometimes we don't have an opportunity to get in to see [President Trump] and get his full thinking.” The remark was an answer to a question about why information provided to reporters is sometimes inaccurate.
Well, it turns out that Guilfoyle has an opportunity to get the president's full thinking — and to give hers in return. After expressing interest last month in replacing Spicer as White House press secretary, Guilfoyle revealed on “The Five” Thursday night that Trump had called her that morning to talk through his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Translation: The president doesn't always make time for you, Sean? That's too bad. He makes time for me.
This was Guilfoyle's exchange with co-hosts Greg Gutfield and Dana Perino:
GUILFOYLE: I think that President Trump, like I said last night, was being very consistent with his campaign promise. He promised that he was going to do this. I don't think this is a deal that anybody should be crying about. Like we said, it's nonbinding. And the United States is already a clean energy, oil and gas leader. So, we can keep doing what we're doing. We can keep reducing our emissions. Why would we, in fact, put ourselves at an economic disadvantage, giving and subsidizing an economic windfall to other countries in sort of a, you know, a climate redistribution of wealth scheme? It makes no sense to me.
I think he did the brave and courageous thing and, in fact, I told him that this morning at 8 a.m. when he called. And I spoke to him about it, and this was something very much so on his mind. Um, but he seemed ...
GUTFIELD: Wait a second. Who called you?
GUILFOYLE: The president.
PERINO: To ask about climate change?
GUILFOYLE: Climate change, taxes, “The Five.”
GUTFIELD: I think you buried the lead here. The president's calling you at 8 in the morning.
The phone call most definitely is the lead here.
Infowars reported last month that Guilfoyle is being considered as a replacement for Spicer. Infowars reports are inherently suspect, but the New York Times reported a day later that “Trump has raised the Fox News host … to allies as a possible press secretary.”
Guilfoyle then told the Bay Area News Group that “it would be an honor to serve the country.”
“I think I have a very good relationship with the president,” she said in an interview published May 16. “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.”
Telling the world about her Thursday-morning phone call with the president was a not-so-subtle way of advertising that “very good relationship.”