FOX Broadcasting is scheduled to air an interview of presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by news host Megyn Kelly on May 17. Kelly shared a clip of the interview on ABC's "Live with Kelly and Michael" on May 9 (video below).
Kelly angered Trump during a GOP debate on Aug. 6, 2015, when she asked him about some of the denigrating comments that he has made about women. Trump railed against Kelly for months on Twitter and on TV, and skipped a debate on Fox News in January because Kelly was a moderator, notes Mediaite.com.
"You seemed to stay angry for months," Kelly said to Trump in the interview. "Was that real, or was that strategy?"
"Well, I’m a real person I don't say, 'Oh gee, I'm angry tonight, but tomorrow you're my best friend.' See, I do have a theory that when somebody does it, and this could happen again with us, it could be even doing this particular interview. I have great respect for you that you were able to call me and say, 'Let’s get together, and let’s talk.' To me, I would not have done that."
The audience and hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were impressed by Trump's statement to Kelly, which did not include an apology for the insulting statements he has made about her.
Kelly told the morning talk show:
"I think this is probably the most interesting part of the Trump interview because, after months of him being very unhappy with me, I reached out to him, I meant to reach out to him from the beginning from the August 6 debate because I am a journalist, I want to be on the sidelines, I don't want to be on the playing field, he kept putting me on the playing field and I just wanted to get past that.
"But he was angry for so long, and I didn't want to reach out to him while he was angry. So there was a lull in the attacks in April and I seized upon it and asked if him would meet with me and he said he would and I went to Trump Tower and it was an electric morning."
Trump called into CNN on May 9 for an interview, but was offended when "News Day" host Chris Cuomo started off with a question instead of a compliment, notes Crooks And Liars:
"Well, this is a nice way to start off the interview. First of all, you should congratulate me for having won the race. I thought at least there would be a small congratulations. But I'm not surprised with CNN because that's the way they treat Trump. It's the, they call it the Clinton network, and I believe that. So, you know, let's start off right there."