Fox News ends Lara Trump's employment following father-in-law Donald Trump's 2024 announcement




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  • Lara Trump, Eric Trump's wife, will no longer be a paid contributor for Fox News, per the Los Angeles Times.

  • A company protocol doesn't allow the network to employ people linked to active campaigns.

  • The decision was made after former President Donald Trump announced his 2024 presidential bid.

Lara Trump, who is married to former President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump, is no longer a paid contributor for Fox News because of her father-in-law's 2024 announcement, the Los Angeles Times was first to report.

The network confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Saturday that Lara Trump, who became a Fox News contributor last year, will no longer be paid to appear on the network.

In a statement provided to Insider, a Fox News spokesperson said: "We appreciate Lara's valuable contributions across FOX News Media programming."

According to the Los Angeles Times, her departure is due to company rules that do not allow people running for office or directly linked to active campaigns to be employed by the network.

The network decided that Lara Trump is directly connected to her father-in-law's campaign, the Los Angeles Times said. She has been a surrogate for the former president and received payment for advisory roles.

The newspaper said that she has not appeared on Fox News since the week of November 15, which is when the former president announced his third presidential run. She can still, in theory, appear as an unpaid contributor.

There is a precedent for such decisions; Sarah Huckabee Sanders had her paid contributor deal terminated when she announced she was running for governor of Arkansas.

Fox is owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. According to The Guardian, Murdoch has warned Trump that his media empire will not back his White House bid. His publications, including the Wall Street Journal, described Trump as a "loser" after the midterm results were disappointing for Republicans.

The Guardian also reported that Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch's eldest son, has told Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that the media group would back him if he ran against Trump in 2024.

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