A Fox News host is waiting in the bushes to pounce on Sean Spicer’s job.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a controversial co-host of “The Five,” told Bay Area News Group on Monday she’s in talks with Team Trump to become the administration’s next press secretary.
“I’m a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country,” Guilfoyle told the outlet. “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.”
The 48-year-old cable news personality — who says she has known President Trump over a decade — declined to delve into specifics. But “a number of people” at the White House have raised her potential hiring, she said.
Guilfoyle awkwardly wished her possible predecessor “the best” in her chat with the news outlet.
“Sean Spicer is a very nice man and a patriot; he’s dedicated himself to this public service,” she said. “Very tough position he’s in — I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it.”
A White House spokesperson didn’t immediately return the Daily News’ request for comment.
But since Guilfoyle’s eyes seem set on that briefing room podium, let’s take a look — courtesy of watchdog Media Matters for America — at what the possible next press secretary has said on some hot topics:
Guilfoyle — questioning former acting attorney general Sally Yates’ testimony that ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised — regurgitated the Trump claim that former director of national intelligence James Clapper said there was “no evidence” of collusion between Russia and his campaign. Clapper has since clarified his remarks “should not be considered exculpatory.”
On Vladimir Putin
Guilfoyle in 2014 suggested putting the Russian President in charge for a day or two to defeat ISIS:
“I mean, can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States? I don’t know. I just want somebody to get in here and get it done right.”
In a Sept. 8 discussion of Trump’s “fondness for autocrats,” the co-host also called it “more of a strength model to say that Putin will do what it takes to defend his country.”
“Another historic day in the presidency of Donald J. Trump. I mean, he did something that was bold, that was decisive, was an excellent leadership decision. As a former prosecutor, I thought that Comey’s behavior was abhorrent during this whole process and the investigation,” Guilfoyle said May 9 on Fox Business.
“He really overstepped his bounds right from the beginning when he made a determination — a legal determination — as to whether or not a case could be brought against Hillary Clinton. That was the beginning of the end, and then after that he really kept inserting himself into the public arena.”
On Trump’s court-stymied travel ban
“We are trying to make sure that people that want to do us harm don’t get into this country, right? So you lock your door at night … Not because you don’t like the people outside but because you love the people that are inside and you want to keep them safe,” she said Feb. 7.
“That is common sense. So it’s not meant to be, you know, discriminatory on its face, it’s not a quote ‘Muslim ban.’ It is a travel suspension. But nevertheless, the way that this came across and the way it was put forward, people were not able to wrap their heads around it because it wasn’t presented in the right way.”
On Steve Bannon
The TV host defended the White House chief strategist Feb. 3 after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called him “a white supremacist.”
“He is not a white supremacist and she shouldn’t slander him by saying this. It’s really conduct unbecoming. She has no proof to back that up. It shows the depths that they will go to try to disparage someone and the desperation, really, of the liberals,” she said.
On Jeff Sessions
The attorney general, who has criticized consent decrees aimed at spurring police reform, also wins a spot on Guilfoyle’s good side:
“I feel like Chuck Schumer is behaving in a way that he hasn’t in the past, and is now taking on this role politically because it is expedient,” she said Feb. 9.
“And for him to say that about Sessions, who is widely admired by his colleagues as someone who was a civil rights champion, it’s really, to me, unbecoming that he’s making these comments.”
On her former boss Roger Ailes
Guilfoyle defended the disgraced Fox News chief last summer in the wake of former anchor Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment suit.
“I’ve known Roger Ailes for 15 years and I have been treated with the utmost professionalism and respect … This is a man who champions women,” she told TVNewser in July.
Alan ThickeSons Go to War with His WifeTo Protect the Estate
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Alan Thicke‘s sons — Robin and Brennan — believe their dad’s third wife is making moves to get more of his estate than she deserves, and they’re taking action to nip it in the bud.
The sons have filed legal docs in Alan’s probate case, claiming his widow, Tanya Callau, is greedy and overreaching to get a bigger piece of the pie than their dad intended in his will. In the docs they say she threatened to go to tabloids if her demands are not met.
They don’t mention a specific dollar amount she’s allegedly trying to get.
According to the docs … Alan got rich and famous long before meeting Callau, and they signed a prenup when they wed in 2005. The sons say she’s threatening to challenge the prenup.
The sons say Tanya also wants more because she claims to have given up her own career to support Alan and help raise his youngest son, Carter.
According to docs … the boys say their dad left Tanya 25 percent of his personal effects, 40 percent of his remaining estate, a $ 500k life insurance policy and said she could live at the ranch.
Robin and Brennan want a judge to enforce the will and the prenup.
Officer Green had just stopped two men in a vehicle whose behavior was “consistent with a drug transaction,” a police report said.
One of the suspects, Justin Buckle, 25, was already known to police for his drug activity.
When Green initiated the traffic stop, Buckle and a partner, Cortez Collins, 24, began “wildly moving about inside the vehicle,” the police report said. Buckle used his foot “to rub an unknown substance into the carpeting on the floor of the vehicle” before police stopped the destruction of evidence, the report said.
“The smashing of the bags ripped open the bags and powder came out everywhere,” Chief Lane told the Daily News.
Some of it ended up on the arresting officer’s shirt, sending him to the hospital where it took three doses of Narcan to revive him, Chief Lane said.
Officers were initially told the powder was crack cocaine, but test results revealed it to be fentanyl.
“At the time, no one was sure what was going on, until we realized he must have overdosed on fentanyl,” Lane said.
Lane said that the accidental overdose could have been deadly. “It’s a scary situation. I think the concern is if you have it on your shirt and no one tells him and then he touches it when he is home alone and passes out and dies. Or he has kids and they come up and give him a hug it could kill them,” he said.
Buckle, of East Liverpool, and Collins, of Cleveland, are both charged with tampering with evidence. They are being held in jail on a $ 100,000 bond each.
Fentanyl is the same drug that killed legendary pop star Prince last April.
Lavinia Woodward, 24, took a swipe at her then-boyfriend with the large knife and stabbed him in the leg in a fit of rage.
She then threw a laptop, a jam jar and a glass at him during the drug and drink-fuelled episode at iconic Christ Church College, Oxford.
The medical student, whose dream is to become a heart surgeon, had previously admitted one charge of unlawful wounding at Oxford Crown Court.
She now lives in Milan, Italy, but was present at today’s hearing.
Despite Judge Ian Pringle revealing the crime would normally mean a prison term, he hinted she will not be jailed – because of her “extraordinary” talent.
He delayed sentencing and handed her a restraining order to stay off drugs and not re-offend.
He said: “It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinary, able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to, would be a sentence which would be too severe.
“What you did will never, I know, leave you but it was pretty awful, and normally it would attract a custodial sentence, whether it is immediate or suspended.”
Prosecutor Cathy Olliver revealed Woodward met her ex-boyfriend through the dating app, Tinder.
At the time of the attack on September 30, last year, her behaviour is said to have “deteriorated”.
Her boyfriend, a fellow student, called her mother on Skype and she then punched him in the face before going at him with a knife.
James Sturman QC, defending, said Woodward’s dreams of becoming a surgeon were “almost impossible” because her conviction would have to be disclosed.
But he claimed Christ Church will allow her to return to the college in October.
He said she had a “very troubled life”, struggling with drug addiction and had also been abused by a different ex-boyfriend.
When asked if she was planning on retiring, the 23-time Grand Slam winner responded with a simple “never.”
A rep for Williams previously said she planned to take a maternity leave for the remainder of 2017 so she could focus on her pregnancy and would return to the sport after her baby was born in the fall.
Williams announced her pregnancy in April on Snapchat. The news came four months after Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian proposed during a romantic vacation in Italy.
“She has the biggest heart. Everyone sees her success as an athlete, but all of that is layered on the size of her heart,” he said. “She gives 100% of herself to everything she does: as a friend, as a lover, and soon, as a mother.”
President Trump welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House Tuesday, where the two leaders pledged to work together to fight ISIS and help find a resolution to the Syrian conflict.
Trump’s meeting with Erdogan was his first since the one in question, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, when he, The Washington Post reported, revealed highly classified information.
In brief joint remarks given by Trump and Erdogan Tuesday, the President, focused almost entirely on relations with Turkey, saying the two men would “have long and hard discussions.”
Trump repeatedly mispronounced the Turkish leader’s last name, but nevertheless said their talks would “be very successful.”
“We’ve had a great relationship and we will make it even better,” Trump said, adding that the U.S. “supports Turkey in the fight against terror” and that the White House also “appreciates Turkey’s leadership” regarding the Syrian crisis.
Erdogan, during his own comments pledged to work together with Trump on those issues, expressed a desire to expand trade, and also offered his congratulations on “the legendary triumphs (Trump) has garnered in the aftermath of the election.”
Their meeting, however, comes amid deeply strained relations between the U.S. and Turkey.
Last week, the U.S. made a decision to arm Kurdish militias in Syria to fight ISIS, against the explicit wishes of the Turkish government. Erdogan even dispatched a military delegation to Washington to try to persuade the White House against the idea — arguing that such an effort supports separatist terrorists in his country — but was told the decision had already been made.
In addition, Erdogan has made an aggressive case for Trump to extradite a 76-year-old cleric in the Poconos, who the Turkish government says helped plan the failed coup in Turkey last summer.
The exiled cleric, Fethullah Gulen, has condemned the coup and denies planning it, though Erdogan has purged thousands of suspected Gulen followers from positions such as judgeships since July.
Later Tuesday, during a press briefing by Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary wouldn’t comment on why Trump, who has had ample opportunities to study up on the U.S. relationship with Turkey, had continually mispronounced Erdogan’s name during the joint appearance earlier.
A massive sea creature washed up on an island in Indonesia last week, scaring and baffling onlookers at the same time.
The 49-foot beast was discovered on Seram Island in the Maluku province on May 9, according to the Jakarta Globe. A fisherman initially believed the creature was an abandoned boat, the newspaper reported.
The newspaper described the creature as a “giant squid,” but some experts say it appears more likely to be a kind of baleen whale.
“Giant squid are invertebrates and there are clearly bones visible (jaw, skull, vertebrate) so I am very comfortable saying it’s some type of rorqual whale,” Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, told HuffPost.
The need for the two sides to reach an agreement is all-important for Greece as the IMF has made it a condition on its later participation in the latest bailout talks for the southern European country, the third since 2010.
As well, some eurozone governments could make the IMF’s participation a condition for new loan payouts.
But the latest meeting which saw deputy finance ministers from the Eurozone and treasury officials who prepare for Eurogroup ministerial meetings met on Monday evening but failed to come to any agreement.
One official told Reuters: “There are still significant gaps on the issue of debt relief. The (deputies group) was never likely to close this gap. It will have to happen at a higher level.”
A group of north European countries led by Germany wants the IMF to join for credibility reasons, believing the European Commission’s approach towards Athens can be too lenient.
The same countries, however, also oppose a firm commitment of debt relief for Greece, fearing the disapproval of bailout-weary voters at home.
There are also concerns that once Athens gets a debt deal it will lose the incentive to continue with the necessary reforms.
A second official said: “The IMF wants maximum (debt relief) commitment upfront, while others would prefer to be more precise only in 2018,” referring to the end of the third bailout in mid-2018, by which time lenders would have full view of Greek reform completion and the latest economic data.
Greece, meanwhile, is saying it has met its obligations – agreeing more cuts in pensions, for example, and having a relatively large primary budget surplus, not including debt repayments last year.
Debt relief promises are based on agreements made by the Eurogroup in May last year over the grace period for loans helping to reduce financing needs to below 15 per cent of GDP after 2018.
The Eurogroup also said they could consider replacing more costly IMF loans to Greece with cheaper Eurozone credit and transfer the profits made from a portfolio of Greek bonds bought by euro zone national central banks back to Athens.
But all this could happen only if Greece delivers on its reforms by mid-2018 and only if an analysis shows Athens needs the debt relief to make its debt sustainable.
The IMF believes that debt relief, or at least a clear promise of it now, is needed to restore investor confidence in Greece, especially if the country, which has public debt of 197 percent of GDP, is to return to market financing next year.
Greek debt to GDP has actually risen during the various bailout periods, primarily as a result of sinking GDP brought on at least in part by the austerity demanded by lenders.
The Yankees should be done retiring numbers for now after deservedly feting Derek Jeter with the honor on Sunday, as discussed in a column from the Stadium that night.
There are several players from New York’s other pro teams who do deserve the honor, however, and here are my biggest local omissions:
KEITH HERNANDEZ, No. 17, Mets
GARY CARTER, No. 8, Mets
All I heard about from my Dad growing up was how the Mets got rooked in trades involving Nolan Ryan and Amos Otis and Tom Seaver, but these two significant deals from my teens were absolute home runs for the franchise, and should be so recognized.
Both Mex and The Kid already were established stars when they joined the Mets in 1983 and 1985, respectively. Hernandez was a former batting champ and NL MVP with the Cardinals before playing 6 ½ years in Flushing, while Carter made seven of his 11 career All-Star appearances with Montreal ahead of his five seasons with the Mets.
With Mike Piazza and Pudge Rodriguez joining him in the past two election cycles, Carter was one of only five catchers to play in the past 50 years to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Hernandez’s Hall case was more borderline, but he did win 11 Gold Gloves at first base and batted over .300 seven times in his career.
The emotional pull of both players — Carter’s 2012 death due to brain cancer, and Keith’s Rizzuto-esque turn as a star player-turned beloved team broadcaster — only adds to my belief that they should join Seaver, Piazza, and managers Gil Hodges and Casey Stengel on the Mets’ list.
HARRY CARSON, No. 53, Giants
I actually had to do a double-take when realizing that Carson somehow has not yet had his number retired by the Giants, which should be even more insulting to him than all those years it took the nine-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker to finally be enshrined in Canton in 2006.
The longtime Big Blue captain was the spiritual leader of one of the best defenses in team history, joined later in the linebacker corps by fellow Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks. Carson led the Giants in tackles five times, was a key member of their first Super Bowl-winning team and even helped popularize the Gatorade shower by playfully dousing Bill Parcells during that run. It’s unfathomable that his number hasn’t been taken out of circulation.
BERNARD KING, No. 30, Knicks
Some might think this is a reach because his time in New York was so brief and wrecked by his knee blowout, but for a few seasons between the championship years of the early ’70s and the almost-championship years of the ’90s, Bernard was perhaps the most explosive scorer in team history while he starred at the Garden.
The Brooklyn native and 2013 Hall of Famer averaged 29.1 points per game between 1983 and 1985, scoring 50 points in back-to-back games in 1984. Later that year, King netted at least 40 points in four games of a five-game series win over Isiah Thomas and the Pistons before the Knicks lost to Boston in the following round in seven games.
MICHAEL STRAHAN, No. 92, Giants
You have to believe this day is coming inevitably for Strahan, the gap-toothed former second-round pick who translated a Hall of Fame NFL career — including the NFL single-season sack record and a Super Bowl championship with the Giants — before going on to becoming a popular morning TV star.
JEAN RATELLE, No. 19, Rangers
The Rangers announced in February that they finally will retire the number of one of the best forwards in franchise history, who was named one of the NHL’s 100 greatest all-time players earlier this year. What took so long?
Ratelle, the center on the famed GAG Line between Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield, played 16 seasons at the Garden from 1960-75 and is third all time in franchise history with 817 points. He led the Blueshirts to an appearance in the 1972 Stanley Cup Final, before reaching the final round twice more with Boston later in his career.
WESLEY WALKER, No. 85, Jets
The speedy wideout was a true deep threat for the Jets between 1977 and 1989, averaging 19 yards per catch in his career, including more than 20 per grab eight times in 13 NFL seasons, despite being legally blind in his left eye. The two-time Pro Bowler also was adaptable, playing with eight different starting quarterbacks during his tenure with Gang Green.
DAVID WRIGHT, No. 5, Mets;
ELI MANNING, No. 10, Giants;
HENRIK LUNDQVIST, No. 30, Rangers
These three are not omissions, obviously, since they all are still active players, although Wright hasn’t played much the past three seasons due to various injuries. All three should have their jerseys deservedly retired soon after leaving their respective sports.
OUTTA BOTTE EXPERIENCE
Fun time hanging out with Lou Piniella at a launch party Monday night at Vivolo in Manhattan for his new book aptly entitled “Lou” (say it slowly for added effect) with longtime Daily News columnist Bill Madden.
It didn’t take long for Piniella to remind a group of us what a great storyteller he is with colorful tales of his playing and managerial days in New York and elsewhere, making the book a worthwhile read for any fan of the former Yankee outfielder, skipper and front-office exec.
— Whose first thought when they saw those Monument Park Blazers the guys were wearing during the Jeter ceremony was: “How much will Steiner Sports be gouging/selling these for on the website?” (Raises hand).