Fox News just hired a Trump. But not Donald.
Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of former President Donald J. Trump, is joining the cable channel as a paid on-air employee, the network said on Monday. The move wasn’t exactly a surprise, as Ms. Trump confirmed during a morning appearance on Fox & Friends.
“I feel like I’ve been an unofficial member of the team for so long,” Ms. Trump told the show co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade. “I’ve been there so many times in the past five years that the security forces said, ‘Maybe we should just give you a key.'”
Mr. Doocy, Ms. Earhardt and Mr. Kilmeade welcomed their new colleague with an on-air applause.
Ms. Trump, who is married to former President’s son Eric, was a frequent guest on Fox News during the 2020 campaign when she served as a substitute for her father-in-law. Recently, Ms. Trump was considering the option of running for a seat in the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, her home state. On Monday she told Fox & Friends that she had “not made an official decision, but hopefully soon”.
She is the second member of Donald Trump’s inner circle to be added to Fox News’ payroll in the past few weeks. Kayleigh McEnany, the former White House press secretary, signed on as a contributor this month.
If Ms. Trump aspires to run for public office, Fox News policy would require that she and the network disconnect. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, another close ally of Mr. Trump who served as press secretary, joined Fox News as a staff member in September 2019 after leaving the White House. The network canceled her contract in January after she announced she was running for governor of Arkansas.
During her appearance on Monday, Ms. Trump criticized the Biden administration for its handling of immigration policy and offered her father-in-law “100 percent full approval” for this year’s national vaccine launch.
Her take was the latest example of the revolving door between Fox and Mr. Trump’s circle.
Larry Kudlow, a former CNBC presenter who headed Mr. Trump’s National Economic Council, was hired by Fox in January. He has since debuted a Fox weekday business program and is a regular analyst on Fox News.
Previously, Heather Nauert, a former Fox & Friends presenter, and John R. Bolton, a Fox News commentator, had roles in the administration of Mr. Trump. So did Bill Shine, a former co-president of Fox News who served as Mr. Trump’s deputy chief of staff. Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former co-host of The Five at Fox News, was a top official on Mr. Trump’s 2020 campaign and is dating the former President’s eldest son, Donald J. Trump Jr.
When Mr Bolton appeared on Fox News in March 2018 shortly after he was appointed National Security Advisor to Mr Trump, he appeared briefly confused about his status on the network. “I think I’m still a Fox News employee,” he told presenter Martha MacCallum.
“No,” replied Mrs. MacCallum. “You are not.”