Donald Trump's Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway Says Roger Ailes Stopped By for Lunch Recently
Kellyanne Conway talked to "Good Morning America" Wednesday.
By VERONICA STRACQUALURSI
September 7, 2016, 11:33 AM
• 2 min read
-- Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, deflected a question this morning about whether it would be inappropriate for Roger Ailes to advise Trump on debate prep, in light of the sexual harassment allegations made against the former Fox News chairman.
"I'm at Trump Tower every day," Conway said on "Good Morning America." "I've never seen Mr. Ailes there. I saw him one time for lunch recently."
When asked whether Ailes is still providing Trump with debate advice, Conway said she doesn't know.
"I don't know, because Mr. Trump speaks to many people on the phone when I'm not there," Conway said. "They've known each other probably for 30 years, I would think, pre–Fox News and pre–presidential politics."
The channel's parent company, 21st Century Fox, settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson for $20 million. Ailes left the network July 21 and has denied the allegations against him.
Conway defended the Republican presidential nominee and his charitable foundation for sending a $25,000 check to a group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013, around the time that an investigation was announced into Trump University.
Florida decided not to join the 2013 lawsuit filed by New York's attorney general. Bondi has insisted that the timing of Trump's $25,000 donation was coincidental.
"In the case of Mr. Trump and Attorney General Bondi, they said they never discussed the Trump University lawsuit," Conway said.
While Trump and Bondi spoke before Trump sent the check, Conway said the two "may have talked about anything" and said the $25,000 was for Bondi's re-election.
"There's no comparison between a man who gives consistently to Republican candidates in the re-election and a woman who is secretary of state who had her official staff that we pay for bartering for position and bartering for state dinners and just making contributions that are inappropriate," Conway said, referring to allegations that the State Department under Hillary Clinton gave improper preferential treatment to donors to the Clinton Foundation.
Trump, speaking to reporters Monday on his plane, said he never spoke to Bondi about the case.