Sources say President Trump either doesn't like Kimberly Guilfoyle, or likes her too much
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Irish American former Fox News host, has been dating Donald Trump, Jr for over a year now, but the couple did not initially (and may still not) have the president’s blessing.
In his sprawling piece ‘The Heir,’ McKay Collins chronicles the mostly behind-the-scenes “succession battle” that exists amongst the eldest Trump children. Citing several unnamed sources, Collins partly sheds light on the president's opinion of his eldest son's relationship with Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Kimberly’s father Tony Guilfoyle immigrated to the US from Ennis, Co. Clare in his 20s. Kimberly returned to her father's hometown every summer to work in her family’s local store and later went on to study law at Trinity College Dublin.
In March 2018, Don, Jr filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years Vanessa, with whom he shares five children. In May, he and Guilfoyle, who was divorced twice before coupling with the president’s son, began stepping out as a duo.
Early in the president’s tenure, Guilfoyle had reportedly lobbied hard for a role in the White House, but Trump didn't bite.
“Even he [President Trump] can tell the difference between the attractive women on Fox who have a little bit of substance, and those who will be derided as airheads,” one former aide told Coppins.
Another unnamed source told Coppins that while the Trump family was “friendly to Guilfoyle in person,” they were unimpressed with the “fawning press coverage” Don, Jr and Guilfoyle received during a White House Fourth of July party, especially as it “upstaged” Ivanka and her husband Jared. Don, Jr was reportedly told he would “need to clear his guests the next time he visited [The White House].”
Coppins also writes that two Trump associates told him that the president made it clear to Don, Jr that Guilfoyle was not welcome at the family’s Thanksgiving dinner at (where else?) Mar-A-Lago in Florida. (Spokespeople for both the White House and Don, Jr denied that story, however.)
However, while some sources close the president thought he found Don, Jr and Guilfoyle’s relationship to be a “distraction,” other sources say it may have been that the president was actually attracted to the Irish American bombshell.
“Over the years," one source told Coppins, "Trump had frequently made suggestive comments about Guilfoyle’s attractiveness, the adviser told me, and more than once inquired about whom she was dating.”
Whether or not the president likes Guilfoyle, the couple has quickly become a hit with Trump supporters and regularly engage with fans on their social media channels.
As such, Guilfoyle was named a senior advisor to the President’s 2020 re-election campaign in April and has been featuring at rallies for the incumbent.
I LOVED being in Nevada last night with so many wonderful and powerful ladies who support our President! 2020 is coming and these ladies are ready to deliver President @realDonaldTrump FOUR MORE YEARS! #KAG2020 #WomenForTrump pic.twitter.com/vFYCv0FIYn— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) August 23, 2019
Coppins’s discussion about the Trump heirs was published only shortly before a GOP strategist speculated with Newsweek that Don, Jr is eyeing a presidential run in 2024 (after President Trump’s second and final term, should he be re-elected in 2020.)
Guilfoyle has told Breitbart of her beau: “I think he’s the No. 1 up-and-coming political figure, for sure, on the right.”
Perhaps Guilfoyle will get her spot in the White House, after all.