Tyler O’Neil, PJMedia
Fox News announced it would be cutting ties with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich due to potential conflicts of interest, as presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is expected to name his choice of running mate soon. The move has fueled speculation that Gingrich might be The Donald’s VP pick.
“Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement with Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich effective immediately,” the channel’s Executive Vice President Jay Wallace said in a statement Tuesday. “Due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich’s potential selection as Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to halt his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise.”
The Donald has mentioned four potential candidates including Gingrich. The others are Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Lt. General Michael Flynn, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Commentators have already interpreted the Fox News decision as evidence that Gingrich is Trump’s choice for VP, noting that Fox also suspended its relationship with Newt before his presidential run in 2012.
There has been no official confirmation as yet.