Fox Chief 'Clears the Air' With Trump

Megyn Kelly says it's time to 'move forward'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2015 2:42 AM CDT
Updated Aug 11, 2015 5:06 AM CDT
Fox Chief 'Clears the Air' With Trump
Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York earlier this year.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Looks like Fox News and Donald Trump are friends again: The candidate will appear on Fox & Friends this morning, and Roger Ailes, the network's chairman, says the "air has been cleared" after what he describes as a "blunt but cordial" conversation in which he promised Trump his campaign would be covered with "fairness and balance," CNN reports. "We discussed our concerns, and I again expressed my confidence in Megyn Kelly. She is a brilliant journalist and I support her 100%," Ailes says. Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy says Trump will discuss "his relationship with Fox News" in what will be his first appearance on the network since last week's debate and his widely slammed remarks about Kelly.

On her show last night, Kelly said she wouldn't respond to Trump's attacks, but would keep on doing her job "without fear or favor," the New York Times reports. "This is a tough business, and it's time now to move forward," she said. Insiders tell New York magazine that Ailes reached out to Trump because he was worried that conservatives were taking his side and the episode could end up damaging the network. Trump tweeted yesterday that Ailes is a "great guy" who had promised to treat him fairly. He already appears to have found a new target: After Sen. Rand Paul described Trump as "a bully" and an "empty suit" in a New York Times interview yesterday afternoon, Trump tweeted that the "truly weird" senator reminded him of a "spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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