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Megyn Kelly Defends Comments Made About Donald Trump in New Book

by Jackie Willis 7:35 AM PST, November 11, 2016
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Megyn Kelly took to Twitter on Friday to clarify some of the remarks made in her new book.

In an excerpt from Settle For More released by the New York Times, the Fox News host goes into detail about her contentious relationship with president-elect Donald Trump during the republican primaries, citing that the issues between herself and the then-candidate started in August 2015 after he expressed his disapproval of a segment on her show, The Kelly File.

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Kelly writes that Trump refused to show up to his scheduled appearance on the program until she called him personally. "I almost unleashed my beautiful Twitter account against you, and I still may," she claims he told her.

The 45-year-old journalist also writes that Trump called Fox News executives the day before the first GOP presidential debate, which she was moderating, and alleged that he'd heard that Kelly's first question "was a very pointed question directed at him." She found this concerning as her first question was about disparaging comments he'd made in the past about women.

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“Folks were starting to worry about Trump -- his level of agitation did not match the circumstances,” she recalls. "Yes, it was his first debate. But this was bizarre behavior, especially for a man who wanted the nuclear codes."

Kelly defended this part in her book on Twitter, writing: "For the record, my book, Settle for More, does not suggest Trump had any debate Q's in advance, nor do I believe that he did."

In another excerpt, Kelly writes that she became violently ill on the day of the debate after a driver taking her to the convention center insisted that she get some coffee. After she drank the beverage, she says she immediately started vomiting. "Also for the record, I believe the reason I got sick the day of the first debate was I contracted a stomach virus," she tweeted on Friday. "Just as Rand Paul did."

Kelly also shares what she calls "one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign" in regard to Trump. "I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage," she writes. "Many reporters have told me that Trump worked hard to offer them something fabulous -- from hotel rooms to rides on his 757."

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Kelly says her differences with Trump -- which included him calling her an "overrated,” “angry,” “crazy” and “a bimbo" on Twitter -- led to death threats and her family having to take an armed guard to Disney World.

Over a year later, however, Kelly appears to have made amends with the president-elect. While guest co-hosting Live! With Kelly on Wednesday, she asked viewers to "keep an open mind” about Trump's time in office. "Love him or hate him, he’s the next President of our country," she said.

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When ET sat down with Kelly in January, she explained why Trump was such a viable candidate for president. "Whatever you have to say about Trump you can't deny that he is a compelling television personality," she said. "Part of his appeal is he does speak directly to you. He doesn't use the prompter, there's no veneer, so you feel like you can really connect with him. So I'm not surprised that people respond to him so well."

She added, "I have no conflict and no bias against Donald Trump."

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