Kimberly Guilfoyle’s position as one of Donald Trump’s most loyal insiders may be at risk, with the former president reportedly telling aides that he finds her “annoying” and suspects that she might be trying to profit off his name.
Trump’s reported aggravation with Guilfoyle, who is dating his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., seems to center on her recent decision to go to work as a top campaign adviser for scandal-plagued former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who is running for the U.S. Senate, reported Politico’s Playbook column.
A Trump insider told Politico’s Playbook: “Trump thinks Greitens is problematic, and that Kim is annoying.” The insider added, “He (Trump) said, ‘Why the (expletive) is she working for him?’”
But in a text to Playbook, Guilfoyle denied that she’s “on the outs” with Trump, calling such a notion “false.”
Greitens resigned as governor in June 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct and blackmail after he allegedly had an affair with a hairdresser and performed sexual activities without her consent. The former Navy SEAL and his 2016 gubernatorial campaign also were investigated by the Missouri Ethics Commission for allegedly misreporting campaign funds and misuse of donor lists, although he personally was ultimately cleared of wrongdoing in that case. His campaign was fined $178,000 in one of the largest investigations conducted by the commission.
Multiple advisers told Playbook that Trump is concerned that Guilfoyle’s affiliation with Greitens’ campaign will make it seem like an endorsement from him. Playbook added that Trump’s most frequent complaint about people is the perception that they are profiting off his name.
The latest offender seems to be Guilfoyle, the former Fox News host and one-time first lady of San Francisco, who has become the MAGA world’s “own Eva Perón,” Playbook said. That moniker no doubt comes from the way that Guilfoyle, a former San Francisco prosecutor who was married to Gavin Newsom, fanatically yelled her way through her speech endorsing Trump at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
After Guilfoyle joined Greitens campaign, the former president has become “increasingly short” with her, Playbook said.
One indication that Guilfoyle is “on the outs” with the former president is a Washington Examiner story, which suggested that Greitens only hired Guilfoyle for his campaign in a bid to get Trump’s endorsement.
In red-state Republican Senate primaries, Trump’s endorsement could be the key factor that voters consider when deciding whom to support, the Examiner said. But a Republican observer told the Examiner that Guilfoyle’s role in Greitens’ campaign should not be seen as a sign that he’ll get support from either Trump or Trump Jr.
Meanwhile, the Playbook report doesn’t address whether Trump’s reported annoyance with Guilfoyle also stems from the ongoing controversy about her conduct when she was a top fundraiser for Trump’s re-election campaign.
Guilfoyle, a senior adviser for the campaign, enjoyed giving donors “an unwanted glimpse” into her personal life with Donald Trump Jr., saying that the president’s oldest son liked her to dress up as a sexy cheerleader, according to a new book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender.
Guilfoyle also shared how she called her boyfriend a “naughty boy” when she “let him out of his cage,” according to an excerpt of the book published by the Daily Mail.
Bender’s 432-page book, to be published July 13, offers the latest account of reports that Guilfoyle talked or acted in sexually suggestive ways at political events or in workplace settings. Sometimes her behavior made people uncomfortable, reports have said.
Following the Nov. 3 election, Politico published a detailed autopsy of Trump’s loss to Joe Biden, which reported that Guilfoyle “underperformed” in her job as a top campaign fundraiser, and quoted senior campaign officials who called her “an H.R. nightmare.”
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“Some donors were horrified by what they described as Guilfoyle’s lack of professionalism: She frequently joked about her sex life and at one fundraiser, offered a lap dance to the donor who gave the most money,” Politico wrote.
A month before the November election, Guilfoyle also was the subject of a New Yorker investigative story, which suggested she had to leave Fox News in the summer of 2018 because of sexual harassment allegations made by a former assistant.
The story furthermore described efforts by Guilfoyle to cover up the allegations, citing well-informed sources who said the network paid the former assistant up to $4 million to avoid a trial.