Transcript for Megyn Kelly on the 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump
Joining me now Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly out with a new book "Settle for more" but let's look at these appointments. Stephen Bannon, reince Priebus, maybe Rudy Giuliani. To the victors go the spoils. Absolutely right and trump is entitled to surround himself with the people he most trusts. Bannon is the only one that's caused a lot of controversy. Sort of like a tale of two cities where you've got reince Priebus who is more establishment which trump has been railing against and Stephen Bannon who spent his entire career -- He says they are going to be equal partners but what does that mean inside the white house. This could set up kind of a civil war. It could be awkward but what I'm hearing is Steve Bannon will be in charge. He's the trump whisperer. Even Thoe he's not the chief of staff. Unusual situation because normally the chief of staff would be the one who is. We're being told Steve Bannon will have the ear of Donald Trump. I don't know what that means for reince Priebus. Maybe president-elect trump needs somebody to work the hill and staff decisions. That would suggest perhaps president Obama was wrong in his judgment when he said he doesn't think trump is ideological and thinks he's pragmatic. Both are true. I think both are true. He is not ideological and that he is pragmatic and I think Steve Bannon though he is a controversial figure has advised Donald Trump very well. It was flailing until Bannon came in who doesn't run political campaigns but who completely understands these working class Americans who have had it with Washington and the so-called establishment. What do you say to those who say it's bringing a white supremist into the white house. I don't know there's evidence of that. The Breitbart headlines. The Breitbart headline, his defenders, they're absolutely controversial but what his defenders say is he's not responsible for every single headline that went up on Breitbart while he was the executive chairman and that that website is known for being provocative and so they're looking for cliques. Now it definitely appeals to a segment of the so-called alt-right but I don't know you could tar the entire team with that brush or Steve Bannon with that brush but no question this man is controversial? We'll talk more about your book coming up in the next half hour. You are called 2016 your year of trump and it really details all of your encounter, the tough encounters. What does that tell you about what kind of president he will be and how can you mutt that all aside in covering him? I have a year of doing it so now it's easy to cover him because we're out of that weird place that we were in. It definitely poses challenges when he was coming after me so relentlessly and causing security issues in my life and the life of my family but I did it. And it was a test of me as a person and a professional and I think my team and I at "The Kelly file" managed to navigate it pretty well. What it tells me about what kind of president he will, listen, no question he is thin-skinned and can be mean-spirited and vindictive but my own experience with him proves that he's able to let things go if he so chooses, right. He came after me like a dog with a bone for nine months but finally when I went to see him at trump tower and believe me, I was not conciliatory toward him, we got past it. I think he has a magnanimous piece of him. He has a charming piece to him as well and while I think trump doesn't like it when he feels attacked if he feels you're open-minded or neutral towards him he becomes a bit more open-mind. He often fee as tacked when he's not is often the problem. "Settle for more" is out today. We'll talk about that. Donald Trump, Roger Ailes in our next half hour.
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