2016 Election, Donald Trump, Elections, NewsEdge

Trump returns to Fox News after Republican debate flap

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By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (AP) — Billionaire and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump returned to Fox News Tuesday morning for the first time since attacking the network’s host during a debate last week and again refused to rule out running for president as an independent candidate.

While still considered a long-shot candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 election, Trump has been leading in the polls after stirring much controversy with contentious remarks about Mexican immigrants and lashing out at his opponents. Trump dominated the Republican party’s first televised debate last week, where he sparred with the network’s Megyn Kelly on the issue of his treatment of women.

In a phone interview with “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy, Trump made only passing reference to his brouhaha with the network, one of the most powerful voices in Republican and conservative circles, saying that they’d “always been friends.”

He also refused once again to rule out a third-party run.

“I want to run as a Republican. But I do want to keep that door open in case I don’t get treated fairly,” Trump said.

Trump and Fox News, have been in a bitter feud since the debate, in which he told Kelly that she has “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

The feud seemed to show signs of improvement Monday when the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes, reached out to Trump directly, assuring him he’ll be “treated fairly” by the network, Trump tweeted Monday.

Kelly defended what she described as a “tough but fair question” during the debate. “We agree to disagree,” she said on her show Monday night.

“Trump, who is the front-runner, will not apologize. And I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism,” Kelly said.

In another interview Tuesday morning, Trump was pressed hard on his lack of specific policy proposals, such as changing tax laws, since declaring his presidential run. His campaign has said it plans to unveil new policy plans soon.

“They want me to come up with a 10-point plan, a 14-point plan, a 20-point plan. It doesn’t necessarily work that way,” Trump said on CNN’s “New Day,” arguing that, in business, flexibility is key.

“And I know exactly what I want to do, I just don’t want to announce it yet,” he added. “I’m just not prepared to tell you right now.”

  • Robert Pekarik

    Megyn Kelly has said that if Mr. Trump gets upset with the question she asked him, how is going to face the likes of Putin and the Chinese. Certainly not like our liar-in-chief who runs and hides at the first sign of a fight. Perhaps Ms. Kelly wants Mr. Trump to show more of his feminine side? Everyone can see where that is getting us as our president is in full feminine mode.

    • B jones

      I say don’t ask such irrevant questions!!!

    • Knowitall

      I hope he never relents. Balls to the wall!

  • rmagnano

    In most cases if you want to win a real fight you’d better pick a strong man who knows how to street fight.

  • ragcollector

    “Good Journalism” Mayham?? WTAF are you talking about?? You screwed 38 million viewers that wanted Trump to answer real American issues questions, you want to take the debate to the gutter and you call that good journalism?? Maybe he is right, maybe you are stupid, maybe you have no critical thinking skills or public insight, you are caught up in the demmiecom/RINO massdebate trash! You seem to know nothing else. You wasted everybodies time. We wanted “Good Journalism” and you gave us demmiecom/RINO trash talk. You are an embarrassment to “Good Journalism”, Fox news and America!! We want substance! Do you know what that means??

  • D. Lucian Iliesiu

    Is Mr. Trump’s blackmailing threat to bolt the Republican Party nomination process, “if not treated fairly” and run as an Independent, a campaigning technique or a strategy to infuse the 2016 election campaign R-candidates with his solutions about solving the present problems of the US, or both?

    • Michael Saxman

      Trump is smart, a businessman, a negotiator, a trader, a patient waiter if need be, a doer when the time/offer/climate is right. Does he manipulate, shape, stack the deck some…well YES…for all of the reasons I just listed about who he is and what he is capable at doing. They can’t buy him, they can’t shut him up, they can’t effectively compete with his openness, boldness and flat out refusal to follow any of THEIR “rules” in this political race. Just one wild card can change anyone’s hand, Trump is messing with the national GOP’s hand, the establishment’s hand, the Democrats’ hand, the beltway’s hand…exactly what we need…true and real CHANGE, not B.O.’s flippin’ wonky cHaNgE !

      • D. Lucian Iliesiu

        Thanks for your comments Michael Saxman. I don’t feel very comfortable about Mr. Trump’s “blackmailing threat” technique which typically indicates a vindictive character, rather than the needed-constructive-and-competitive one, even if I recognize that such a combative attitude may be exactly what the US requires in its relationship with China, Mexico, etc. I hope that’s not a “personal” characteristic of Mr. Trump because such a trait may lead to weakness when combined with other human mind-sets, particularly during a crisis. Also, in my opinion, there is another very-important aspect that he has completely avoided in the debate and interviews: the major role of the unions’ demands and entitlements which have made the US products uncompetitive on the international market. Best e.g.: although cars had been invented and developed in the US, the small Japanese cars started to become popular in the US in the 1960s-’70s primarily because the US’ car industry’s workers didn’t want to change their routines; since then German and other European cars have become very competitive with the American-made cars. Therefore, I don’t think it’s FAIR to blame only the Washington politicians about the present state of the US economy, as Mr. Trump does; until he presents and deals with the unions’ pretenses issue I will have reservations about his understanding of the US economy’s present situation. He asks Republicans to be fair to him, but not the unions to be fair with their own country’s economy! However, he will certainly have my vote in the primaries if he is the Republican nominee.

  • Michael Saxman

    Megyn Kelly & everyone ELSE at FOX had better behave themselves, contain themselves & stick to truly important to Americans, big issue questions instead of National Inquirer / CNN / MSNBC – ish mudslinging bullpucky waste of air time questions, for EVERY GOP candidate, especially Trump. If they pull that crap again, I’d bet they get a backlash from the American people (their base viewership) that they’ll regret bigtime! I can drop FOX everything from my daily & weekly life pretty damn easily, and I will if they do that again during a debate vs. focusing & keeping it REAL SERIOUS! Who’s with me on this? (tweet it, post it on fb, email FOX) LET THEM KNOW WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE WANT FROM A SERIOUS NEWS ORGANIZATION!

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