NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly said she met privately with Donald Trump on Wednesday to “clear the air” following the Republican candidate’s repeated attacks on social media.
Kelly said the two met for about an hour at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Speaking on her show Wednesday night, she gave no details of the conversation, other than to say they discussed a potential interview and that “we hope to have news on that soon.”
“Yes, the doormen appeared stunned when I walked in,” Kelly said.
Trump confirmed the meeting during an hourlong interview on Fox’s Sean Hannity show, where a gathered audience at a Pittsburgh auditorium booed at the mention of her name.
“She was very, very nice,” Trump said, noting that Fox had requested the meeting. He offered no details of what was discussed.
“I give her a lot of credit for doing what she did,” he said. “Let’s see what happens.”
Trump began criticizing Kelly on Twitter last August following the first Republican debate on Fox, when he was angered by a Kelly question about statements he had made about women.
In an interview with CNN, Trump said that “you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
In the intervening months, Trump boycotted another debate when Fox refused to remove Kelly as a moderator, then appeared at another debate with her. He brings her up periodically on his Twitter feed, calling her a “lightweight reporter” and “second-rate” and suggesting people boycott her show.
Fox, in turn, criticized Trump for having a “sick obsession” about Kelly and engaging in conduct unbecoming of a presidential candidate.
While Kelly recently criticized both CNN and her Fox colleague Bill O’Reilly for not being more supportive after Trump pulled out of the debate, she said Trump is welcome on her show.
Fox said that its chief executive, Roger Ailes, has been trying to get Trump to appear on a prime-time special Kelly is hosting on the Fox broadcasting network on May 23.
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