The announcement of Donald Trump’s 2024 bid for the White House means a member of his family will no longer receive a Fox News paycheck.
The network confirmed Saturday that it has split from Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law. Lara Trump, who is married to Trump’s son Eric, became a paid contributor to the conservative-leaning network last year.
“We appreciate Lara’s valuable contributions to Fox News Media programming,” a Fox News Media representative said in a statement.
Her exit is said to be amicable and based entirely on company protocol, but it comes after Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News’ parent Fox Corporation, made it clear he would be leaving the White House to pursue a re-election. Does not support the decision of the former President. While criticism of Trump has been muted on Fox News, the editorial pages of Murdoch’s print outlets the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal have been harsh in their assessments.
Former White House officials and political activists are commonly welcomed as contributors to the cable network. But Fox News has made it a rule not to employ people running for office or directly involved with active campaigns.
Fox News executives decided that Lara Trump, a surrogate for the former president, fell into that category. She has not appeared on the network since the week of Trump’s November 15 announcement that he is running for the presidency for the third time.
Last year, Fox News ended a contributor deal with former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders after she announced her intention to run for governor in Arkansas. She was elected in November.
During his appearance on Fox News, Trump could be counted on to provide a strong defense of his father-in-law, as he was asked to investigate his actions during the January 6 riot at the Capitol and his handling of classified documents after leaving office. Was placed. In the news
Lara Trump can still appear on Fox News as an unpaid guest. Paid contributor deals typically grant a network news operation exclusive access to an expert or commentator.
Trump White House alumni on the Fox News roster include former press director Kayleigh McEnany, now co-host of the daytime show “Outnumbered,” and political advisor Kellyanne Conway, who is a contributor.