When former communications director Anthony Scaramucci called The New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza and unleashed the fury, the reasoning behind the tirade was said to be the fact that Lizza tweeted that the president was having dinner with Sean Hannity, former Fox News executive Bill Shine, and Scaramucci. It was later tweeted that Melania was also part of the dinner.
Though Scaramucci was on the hunt for leakers in the White House, the reasoning behind that really doesn’t make sense. What is so bad, really, about the information? It was a dinner. Trump has dinner with people. As long as it wasn’t a Russian diplomat, what’s the big deal?
The Huffington Post reported it may have been because of who ALSO attended the meeting. What went unreported was the fact that also attending the dinner was Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade, Kellyanne Conway, Vice President Mike Pence, and Fox’s The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle. That was confirmed the next day by New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi.
‘A source close to Scaramucci tells me that additionally, Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Fox News host, was there.’
A source close to Scaramucci tells me that additionally, Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Fox News host, was there. https://t.co/vMz3lVNP5K
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) July 27, 2017
The issue of Guilfoyle being at the meeting was the fact that rumors were circulating Scaramucci was having an affair, or at least had the hots, for Guilfoyle. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Scaramucci even admitted to this. They reported:
‘Scaramucci realized that the inclusion of Guilfoyle would raise suspicion. He said he was aware that some associates and members of the media were gossiping about his friendship with the Fox host and feared this particular connection would only make matters worse. He said he took it as “an attack.”‘
Of course, he denied having a sexual relationship with the Fox News co-host. Roger Stone spoke with the Huffington Post and confirmed their friendship, but it was nothing more than that. He said, “He is way too short for Kimberly.”
The dinner also came at a very bad time for Scaramucci. He missed the birth of his son while he was with Trump at the National Scout Jamboree. By the time the baby was born, his wife, Deidre Ball, had asked Scaramucci for a separation. Of course, he explained that his wife’s due date was not until August 9, and he assumed there wasn’t a chance of missing the baby’s birth.
So, has he had an affair with Guilfoyle? Currently, there is no real proof that exists except rumors. What is definitely more likely, however, is that Scaramucci was having an illicit affair with the orange commander-in-chief himself and after that first facepalm-worthy press briefing in which he said he loved the president 16,234.5 times (we may have exaggerated that), Putin was angry at Trump for cheating on him. That’s just speculation, though.
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