Prior to his Des Moines rally, Donald Trump told CNN that he’d had numerous conversations with Fox News Channel and that the network eventually apologized to him, but wouldn’t say who issued the apology when asked.
“They couldn’t have been nicer,” Trump told CNN’s Brianna Keilar.
Here’s that interview via CNN.
In reply, Fox News issued this statement, in which the network claimed that Trump said he would appear at the debate on condition that it pay $5 million to charities:
“Roger Ailes had three brief conversations with Donald Trump today about possibly appearing at the debate – there were not multiple calls placed by Ailes to Trump.
In the course of those conversations, we acknowledged his concerns about a satirical observation we made in order to quell the attacks on Megyn Kelly, and prevent her from being smeared any further.
Furthermore, Trump offered to appear at the debate upon the condition that Fox News contribute $5 million to his charities. We explained that was not possible and we could not engage in a quid pro quo, nor could any money change hands for any reason.
We have accomplished those two goals and we are pleased with the outcome. We’re very proud to have her on stage as a debate moderator alongside Bret Baier & Chris Wallace.”
Fox News neither admitted nor denied that it tendered an outright apology to Trump.
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