In a recent interview between Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and NBC’s Meet the Press host, Chuck Todd, Trump defended former Chairman and CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes.
Roger Ailes reportedly stepped down on Thursday, following accusations of sexual harassment from anchor Megyn Kelly and a lawsuit filed against him earlier this month by former Fox News host, Gretchen Carlson.
Carlson’s allegation of sexual harassment against Ailes has incited several other women to speak out against similar experiences with the former CEO.
In reference to these cases, Trump stated,
“Some of the women who are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.”
Trump continued to say of Ailes’ resignation that
“It’s very sad. Because he’s a very very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly.”
When asked about the rumor of Ailes helping to run his presidential campaign, Trump replied
“Well I don’t want to comment. But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time.”
Trump and Ailes have reportedly known each other for over thirty years and, despite a previously tumultuous relationship between the two over the harsh questioning of Megyn Kelly at the first Republican debate, Fox News has become Trump’s primary television network.
Trump has reportedly appeared on Fox News Channel 18 times since the beginning of June. While he agreed to the recent interview with NBC and a corresponding interview for Showtime’s The Circus, Trump has a favorite network and, in that case, it comes as little surprise that he would defend and endorse former Chairman and long time acquaintance Roger Ailes.