Despite recent reports that the public feud between GOP front-runner Donald Trump and Fox News mogul Roger Ailes has cleared up, bad blood appears to remain beneath the surface.
The most recent fallout between the often-controversial presidential candidate and the network occurred when Trump lashed out at Fox News host Megyn Kelly after her question during the GOP debate about his disparaging comments on women.
However, in recent days both Trump loyalists and Fox News staffers have made unflattering comments about each other, often in private, CNN reported Wednesday. Executives at the network are said to despise Trump’s behavior. Trump supporters were also incensed by Kelly’s questions, which they felt were leading and hostile.
That was only made worse when he talked about “blood coming out of her ... wherever," in a Friday interview with Don Lemon on CNN, a comment that many saw as misogynistic.
However, on Monday, Trump appeared to have made peace with the network and Ailes, and the latter likewise assured Trump that he would be “treated fairly” on Fox News. “I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness and balance. We had a blunt but cordial conversation and the air has been cleared,” Ailes told the New York Times on Monday.
The comments came after the feud between the two seemed to worsen Monday when Trump said on MSNBC that he expected an apology from Kelly. This prompted a strong response from Ailes, who reportedly phoned Trump and said they "can resolve this now ... or we can go to war."
After that, things appeared to have settled down between the network and the presidential candidate. Fox News featured significantly more coverage of Trump on Tuesday and Wednesday, and his infamous blood comments were conspicuously absent.
Also on Monday, Kelly refused to apologize for her questions. "Apparently Mr. Trump thought the question was unfair and I was attacking him," she said. "I felt he was asked a tough but fair question. We agree to disagree.
"I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism," Kelly added.