Donald Trump Tried To Woo Megyn Kelly Before Announcing His Presidential Campaign

Megyn Kelly, the Fox News anchor and The Kelly File host most famous for taking on Donald Trump at the first Republican presidential debate in August, opened up about the ensuing feud for the latest Vanity Fair cover story. Among other things, the cable news personality revealed that Trump tried to woo her before announcing his candidacy in June.

Towards the end of the article, the author relays a brief, candid portion of her conversation with Kelly and the interviewee’s husband, the novelist Doug Brunt. It has to do, of course, with Trump — after all, the candidate’s name gets mentioned a whopping 24 times in a profile of someone else. Even so, the comments aren’t all that kind:

When I remark to Kelly and her husband that Trump sounded like a jilted suitor after she asked her now famous sexism question, they share a knowing look, and Kelly proceeds cautiously. In the past, she says, “he would send me press clippings about me that he would just sign ‘Donald Trump.’ And he called from time to time to compliment a segment. I didn’t know why he was doing that. And then when he announced that he was running for president, it became more clear. But I can’t be wooed. I was never going to love him, and I was never going to hate him.”

Turns out, Trump was nice to Kelly in the beginning, sending her these signed clippings and calling on occasion to “compliment a segment.” The anchor doesn’t specify how long exactly the New York real estate mogul did this before his June announcement, but in her mind, the reasoning is clear. The soon-to-be Republican presidential candidate wanted yet another ally at the Fox News Channel (or possible fourth wife).

(Via Vanity Fair)