A Trump-Kelly Sit-Down Yields a Ten­ta­tive Truce

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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

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