Donald Trump Says Campaign Would Be a 'Waste of Time' If He Loses, Thanks Megyn Kelly For Tough Debate Questions

by Zach Seemayer 6:50 PM PDT, May 17, 2016
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Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump came face-to-face to address their very public feud on Tuesday, sitting down on Megyn Kelly Presents for their first on-air interview since the two became pseudo-enemies after the first GOP presidential debate back in August.

The highly publicized sit-down had the air of the tense yet friendly rivalry that has become Trump and Kelly's trademark since the Fox News anchor met with the business mogul at Trump Tower back in April to bury the hatchet.

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However, Trump was as candid as ever, revealing some fascinating insight into his view on the race to the White House -- namely, how he feels that winning is the only thing that matters.

"If you don't become president, will this all have been for nothing? Or will you have changed America?" Kelly asked.

While Trump said he appreciates those who have praised his campaign for accomplishing something almost everyone in the media thought was impossible, he admitted, "If I don't go all the way, and if I don't win, I will consider it to be a total and complete waste of time, energy and money."

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The 69-year-old presidential hopeful also had some kind words for the 45-year-old news anchor, crediting her with toughening him up after the first GOP debate.

"In a certain way, what you did might have been a favor because I felt so good about having gotten through [the debate]," Trump explained. "I said, 'If I can get through this debate with those questions, [I] can get through anything."

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He also complimented Kelly on the way she extended an olive branch by calling and requesting a private sit-down with Trump during the height of their feud, and even agreeing to meet with him on his home turf at Trump Tower.

"I would not have done that," Trump explained. "I don't say that as a positive [about me], I think it's a negative for me. You walked into Trump Tower. You didn't [ask to meet] a neutral site like over at Fox or something, that would be a whole different thing, and I wouldn't have done it."

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Recently, Kelly spoke with ET about her behind-closed-doors conversation with Trump at his eponymous high-rise, admitting that she was "a little anxious" the day of the meeting.

"I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know whether he would try to embarrass me or threaten me or berate me, but he did none of those things," recalled Kelly, who also announced on Tuesday that her new book, Settle for More, will hit shelves Nov. 15.

Check out the video below to hear more from the Fox News star about her working relationship with the former Celebrity Apprentice host and presumptive GOP nominee.