In a clip shared with NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” Donald Trump told Megyn Kelly that her tough line of questioning against him during an August debate “might have been a favor” to him.
In the clip, Kelly, a Fox News host, asked Trump if he thinks journalists should be “nice” during debates.
“Fair,” Trump clarified. “I don’t care if they’re nice.”
“You used the word ‘nice,'” Kelly responded.
“Well, OK. No, I don’t think so,” Trump responded. “I mean, I might have said they weren’t nice, but that doesn’t mean they have to be nice.”
“I tell you what. In a certain way what you did might have been a favor, because I felt so good about having gotten through. I said, ‘If I can get through this debate with those questions you can get through anything.'”
Kelly told host Jimmy Fallon more about her private meeting with Donald Trump after he had attacked her for months.
She told him that she met with Trump at Trump Tower alone. “I wanted to do it by myself,” she said. “I knew if I could get face to face with him. Just the two of us — and I asked him if he’d be alone and he agreed — that I could speak to him.”
“I didn’t ask him about any of the tweets or any of the things he said because I was looking to move past that,” she said. “So, we had a normal conversation like candidate and reporter. Then we sat down together for an interview and in that interview we do talk about what happened.”
The full interview is scheduled to air Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST. on Fox Broadcasting.