Megyn, Trump in bury-the-hatchet talks

By WND Staff

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GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and Fox News personality Megyn Kelly, who have been at odds with each other for much of the campaign, met Wednesday morning in a possible precursor to an interview, CNN reported.

“Trump’s intense dislike of Kelly – whom he has called unfair, overrated and even ‘crazy’ – has been one of the subplots of his run for president,” the report said.

Kelly mentioned the meeting on her program Wednesday night.

“The meeting was at my request,” she said. “And Trump was gracious enough to agree to it.”

She said Trump met with her for more than an hour, and she requested an interview with him.

Kelly didn’t indicate whether Trump has agreed to an interview. She said she hopes to have more news on the issue later.

Fox News said Kelly “has acknowledged in recent interviews that Trump is a fascinating person to cover and has electrified the Republican base.”

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CNN reported “people with knowledge of the matter” said Kelly reached out to Trump’s office to set up the Wednesday meeting.

Trump has said the contentiousness started when she treated him unfairly during the first GOP debate last August.

“The candidate and the journalist did not speak for months afterward. In fact, he skipped the next Fox debate, in January, which she co-moderated,” CNN said.

After attending the third debate by Fox, with Kelly as moderator, Trump resumed his criticism.

WND reported when Kelly told a CBS audience that Trump’s attacks have sparked others to issue death threats against her but that she’d welcome him back to her show in a heartbeat.

In an interview with Charlie Rose, she said, Mediaite reported: “It’s not so much what he writes or says. It’s how he gins up anger among so many, so it manifests in my life in several ways.”

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Recently, on “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson,” Trump suggested to the former CBS investigative journalist-turned-host he doesn’t consider Kelly a factor in his campaign any longer.

Attkisson asked: “On CBS Sunday Morning, Megyn Kelly said if she could ask you a question, it would be, why? As in, why have you attacked her or in her view, unleashed on her. What’s the answer to that?”

Trump’s replied: “No reason. I don’t care about Megyn. I’m sure she’s perfectly nice. I don’t really know Megyn at all. I just think I’ve been treated very unfairly. She covers me for the vast preponderance of her shows; always something, Trump this, Trump that, Trump that. And if she didn’t, she wouldn’t get good ratings in my opinion. But I’ve been very good for her.”

Previously, Trump raised the issue of a sexual GQ photo shoot for which Kelly posed in 2010.

“And this is the bimbo that’s asking presidential questions? Criticizes Trump for objectifying women. … Poses like this in GQ Magazine,” a tweet shared by Trump said. The image attached showed Kelly posing seductively in a little black dress.

The animus between Trump and Kelly stems from Fox’s Republican debate Aug. 6, 2015, when the billionaire was asked about his temperament with women.

“You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?” asked Kelly.

Trump responded: “I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.”

WND columnist Star Parker wrote: “Megyn Kelly’s question to Trump was smart, on target and very fair. The real question is how could Trump – whose big selling point is being a smart businessman – call this ‘unfair’?”

 

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