FOX News host Kimberly Guilfoyle says she's in talks for White House press role


Kimberly Guilfoyle, best known as co-host of Fox News' The Five, revealed in an interview with Bay Area News Group on Monday evening that she has been in conversation with President Donald Trump's administration to take over the role of White House press secretary. If Guilfoyle were to step into the position she would be replacing current press secretary Sean Spicer, who has been oft-criticized since taking the mantle in January.

"Sean Spicer is a very nice man and a patriot; he's dedicated himself to this public service," Guilfoyle said. "Very tough position he's in — I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it."

She went on to speak about her own thoughts on taking over the position. "I'm a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country," Guilfoyle 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."

Guilfoyle's name was reportedly raised by Trump himself in recent meetings, according to reports by The New York Times.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Journalist Kimberly Guilfoyle attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends Zang Toi during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Fox News anchor, Kimberly Guilfoyle (L) and director at Shin Advisors, Susan Shin attend Jason Binn's birthday celebration at Megu at Dream Downtown on January 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DuJour )
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: �ox Hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld sit on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Fox Host Kimberly Guilfoyle sits on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Ronn Torossian,�nd Kimberly Guilfoyle attend the JetSmarter x Material Good VIP Event Hosted By Talent Resources at Material Good on December 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for JetSmarter)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) - Food & Wine Gala on November 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Melissa Francis, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Gigi Stone Woods attend The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) - Food & Wine Gala on November 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends Celebration of the Launch of the Plukka and Artoriz Pop-Up Boutique at Plukka and Artoriz on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends 'Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole' Anthony Scaramucci Book Party on October 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Sonja Morgan (L) and Kimberly Guilfoyle attend Stuart Weitzman And Quest Invite You To Celebrate The New Look At The Exclusive Re-opening Of The Madison Avenue Flagship Store on October 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Stuart Weitzman)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends Zang Toi Front Row September 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends Official Vivienne Tam SS 2017 After Party at The Skylark on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cheryl Casone and Kimberly Guilfoyle pose backstage at the Taoray Wang fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Taoray Wang)
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends the 2016 Michael Bolton Charities Fundraiser, 'An Evening Under the Stars' at a Private Estate on August 20, 2016 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Ainsley Earhardt, Mike Bub Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle attend 10th Annual Summer Social to Benefit Special Olympics NYC at Marquee on August 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JULY 23: TV Personality Kimberly Guilfoyle attends Armarium's Missoni Launch With Ottavio Missoni at the home of Marigay McKee and Bill Ford on July 23, 2016 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Zang Toi (designer) attends the launch of Guilfoyle's cover issue of 25a Magazine at The Hunt & Fish Club on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 25: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends the 22nd Annual Summer Benefit and Auction 'Circus of Stillness' at The Watermill Center July 25, 2015 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends the 2014 New York Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children Fall Benefit at Metropolitan Club on November 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (L-R) 'FOX & Friends' co-hosts Steve Doocy as Captain America, Kimberly Guilfoyle as Wonder Woman, Tucker Carlson as The Incredible Hulk and Maria Molina as Bat Girl attend 'FOX & Friends'' 2014 Halloween Celebration at FOX Plaza on October 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: New anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle attends the 'Fury' New York premiere at DGA Theater on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kimberly Guilfoyle attends the Vivienne Tam fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
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A former prosecutor in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Guilfoyle was previously married to San Francisco mayor and current Democratic Californian lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom. The two divorced in 2005, when Guilfoyle relocated to New York City to begin her television career.

On her show last week, following Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey, Guilfoyle criticized certain aspects of Trump's current press team, though she didn't offer her own name to take over. "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 on The Five. "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."

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Guilfoyle interviewed Trump several times. Her son also went to school with Trump's granddaughter.

The White House has not yet released an official statement regarding Guilfoyle.

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