Megyn Kelly Says Trump Offered Gifts to Influence Coverage
The Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly has claimed Donald Trump tried to influence her to cover him positively by offering gifts including free hotel stays.
She said she was not the only journalist who had been offered gifts, saying this was “one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign”.
The claims are in her memoir, to be released on Tuesday.
In her memoir, Ms Kelly alleges that Mr Trump offered to fly her and her husband to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, or let her and her friends stay at his New York City hotel for free for the weekend. She said she did not accept his offers.
She said Mr Trump had attempted to influence journalists by praising them.
“This is smart,” she writes, “because the media is full of people whose egos need stroking.”
Publication of Ms Kelly’s memoir was originally planned for November 2015, but it was delayed. It is called Settle for More.
(h/t BBC News)
It may be smart but this is quid pro quo, something Trump accused his political rival of, and it is highly illegal and unethical.
For months Trump and Fox News claimed quid-pro-quo in the emails of Hillary Clinton, which never materialized once investigators looked into the allegations.