Donald Trump this weekend defended longtime friend Roger Ailes, the
ousted chief executive of Fox News who is accused of sexually harassing
at least two dozen women.
Trump also questioned the motives of some of the women.
can tell you that some of the women that 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.
And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying these horrible things about
him,” Trump said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.
very sad because he’s a 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.”
that “a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign,” but
he wouldn’t say whether those people were correct.
Ailes is a larger-than-life figure in American television history and a force in Republican politics.
He abruptly left the network last week after former anchor
Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit that sparked a public
examination of the way Ailes has treated the women working for him over
Carlson’s lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, says 25 women
have come forward with allegations about similar experiences that
stretch across five decades. Ailes has denied the allegations.
also defended Ailes in an interview with Bloomberg Politics as he flew
home from Cleveland. Trump noted that he is close to Rupert Murdoch, who
started Fox News, and that he knows “Rupert has great respect for Roger
and everything Roger’s done”.
“I think it’s so sad,” Trump said.
“He’s such a great guy. Roger is – I mean, what he’s done on
television, is in the history of television, he’s gotta be placed in the
top three, or four or five. And that includes the founding of the major
networks. So, it’s too bad. I’m sure it was friendly.”