A Trump-Kelly Sit-Down Yields a Tentative Truce
New York: Donald Tr u mp, t he l e a d i n g Republ ic a n c a nd i d at e for president, and Megyn Kel ly, t he Fox News a nchor, spoke for roughly an hour on Wednesday, their first interaction in months. By day’s end, the two had reached a t ent at ive t r uce i n a feud t hat has captivated the political class and crystallised questions about Trump’s attitude toward women and the news media. The meeting was requested by Kel ly and it sig nal led t he possible end of a standoff strange even by t he sta ndards of a con fou nding election year: the Republican frontrunner refusing to appear in prime time with one of Fox News’s biggest stars. The détente comes at a critica l time for both. Trump, whose pugilism has been a hallmark of his political rise, is moving to soften hi s i mage a he ad of a p ot ent i a l general election campaign in the fal l. Kelly has said t hat she wil l consider leaving Fox News after her contract ends next year, even a s she f ac e d t he prosp e c t of a n election year without access to the top -r at i ngs d r aw on t elev i sion, Trump. “We met for about an hour, just the two of us, and had a chance to clear the air,” Kelly said on her programme on Wednesday night. But while she described Trump as “g racious,” she said t hat t he candidate had not yet committed to an interview with her, adding, “I hope we will have news to announce on that soon.” Afterward, Trump ate lunch with Ailes at the Fox News offices. And in an interview with another Fox anchor, Sean Hannity, Trump described Kelly as “very, very nice.” “Maybe it was time, or maybe she felt it was time,” Trump said of the meeting. “I give her a lot of credit for, you know, doing what she did, because I don’t know — that took a certain amount. So let’s see what happens, but it was very nice.” Mending ties with Trump allows Kelly the chance to prove that she can land a major interview subject — a “get” in television parlance — even amid tough circumstances. For T r u mp, t he r e c onci l i at ion could help improve his relationship with female voters, a majority of whom say in opinion polls that they hold negative views of him.
The meeting with Trump was requested by Kelly