Fox News host Megyn Kelly said on Wednesday that her relationship with Donald Trump was not so acrimonious in the time leading up to his announcement to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
“He’d call me after a segment that he enjoyed and say how great it was,” Kelly said during an interview conducted by Yahoo News’ Katie Couric in New York City. “He would send me clippings about myself — like, news clippings — that he would sign, ‘Donald Trump.’ It was nice. I appreciated that he was reaching out. There were some other gestures that he made that, in retrospect, I understand them better. I think he was trying to curry favor because he understood that he was gonna be running for president.”
The real estate mogul was reaching out in similar fashion to other journalists, Kelly said, though she realized that she was “never gonna love him, and [she] was never gonna hate him.”
But the relationship soured after Kelly pressed him regarding his history of sexist remarks during the first GOP candidate debate last August.
“My own belief is that when he heard that question, he felt betrayed,” Kelly told Couric. “He said, ‘I’ve been very nice to you.’ But I was like, ‘I didn’t ask him to call me or send any of those things.’ It was a nice gesture, but it’s not gonna stop me from asking tough questions.”
Watch the interview in its entirety, as posted online, below.
[h/t The New York Times]