Former Fox News personality Juliet Huddy said President Donald Trump tried to get some love in an elevator from her about a dozen years ago.
“He took me for lunch at Trump Tower, just us two,” she told “Mornin’!!! With Bill Schulz,” Page Six reported. “He said goodbye to me in an elevator while his security guy was there; rather than kiss me on the cheek he leaned in to kiss me on the lips. I wasn’t offended, I was kind of like, ‘Oh my god.’”
Huddy was quick to point out that she never felt “threatened” by the future president when the incident occurred in “2005 or 2006.”
“I was surprised that he went for the lips. But I didn’t feel threatened … he took me out to lunch to talk about maybe me doing something with ‘The Apprentice.’ He used to watch ‘Fox & Friends,’ the show I was hosting on the weekend. Whatever, everything was fine. It was a weird moment. He never tried anything after that, and I was never alone with him,” she said.
She added that Trump joked about the incident when he appeared on her show years after it occurred.
“Trump was a guest and he came on stage, He said, to the audience and producers, not on camera, ‘I tried hitting on her but she blew me off.’ He was laughing. At the time I was not offended by it, I thought he was a single man and leaned in for a kiss… maybe he thought, ‘She’s been out to lunch with me and maybe she is interested,'” she said.
“Now I have matured I think I would say, ‘Woah, no’, but at the time I was younger and I was a little shocked. I thought maybe he didn’t mean to do it, but I was kind of making excuses. The elevator incident and the lunch was 2005 or 2006,” Huddy, who reportedly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, said.
It was Trump’s response to her lawsuit, and the other sexual harassment claims, against O’Reilly that made Huddy angry at the president.
“I’ve seen him [Trump] many times over the years and he’s always been nice….When all the stuff came out about Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump was one of the people who said, ‘I don’t believe this happened and I don’t believe he did it’… I was actually very disappointed in Trump, I thought, ‘You know what, f–k you.’ He [Trump] has met me a bunch of times and he knows I am not [a liar],” she said.
She confirmed the story on social media on Friday.
Re: @PageSix story: Yes, it’s true. And though I’m offended by his comments on ‘other matters’ – as I said on @77WABCradio & @BillSchulz‘s show yesterday – I was neither threatened nor offended in elevator. End of story. Now, plz let me get back to @TheCrownNetflix.
— Juliet Huddy (@JulietHuddyTV) December 9, 2017
Huddy also interviewed Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign on “Fox & Friends” by phone and did not mention the incident.
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