The daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump, Lara Trump, is leaving her role as an official contributor at Fox News. The network confirmed the news on Saturday while citing her father-in-law’s presidential aspiration as the reason behind the decision.
“We appreciate Lara’s valuable contributions across Fox News Media programming,” a Fox News representative said in a statement.
Fox News policy dictates that those running for office or directly connected to active campaigns cannot work as paid contributors to the network. While Lara Trump is not running for office, her father-in-law’s political ambition means her time as a paid contributor with the network is over.
Lara is married to President Trump’s second son, Eric. The 40-year-old made her last appearance the same week President Trump announced his third bid for the White House.
Lara’s departure comes after the executive chairman of Fox News parent — Fox Corporation — Rupert Murdoch said he will not back President Trump’s third bid for the White House. Murdoch’s decision, however, has no bearing on Lara’s exit. Reports in the Los Angeles Times revealed Lara parted ways with the network amicably.
Fox News parts ways with Lara Trump as a contributor, citing father-in-law's presidential campaign https://t.co/FLCfU7KSE5
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 4, 2022
Lara joined the network in the spring of 2021 and would defend President Trump amidst the January 6th Committee inquiries. On her last appearance, she disagreed with anchor Stuart Varney after he suggested President Trump might have lost his old magic. She has also written several opinion pieces for the network dating back to 2018.
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also lost her job to similar circumstances in 2021. The network terminated Sanders’ contributor deal after she announced she was running for governor of Arkansas.
Per the terms, Lara and Sanders can still appear as contributors to the show in the future albeit in an unpaid capacity.
Other Trump White House staff still working at Fox News include former press director Kayleigh McEnany and political advisor Kellyanne Conway. McEnany is a co-host on the daytime show “Outnumbered,” while Conway works as a contributor.