GOP nominee Donald Trump dodged Chuck Todd’s question as to the accuracy of reports that ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes is advising on his campaign. Here is how the exchange aired on NBC’s Meet The Press:
CHUCK TODD: Finally, Roger Ailes. Is he helping you? Is he advising you?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I don’t want to comment. But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.
And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.
CHUCK TODD: Yes, what’s–
DONALD TRUMP: My campaign’s doing pretty well.
CHUCK TODD: Mr. Trump, until we meet again.
DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much.
Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman of Fox Television Stations, resigned from his role, effective immediately, on Thursday. The move, not unexpected, came two weeks after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against her ex-boss. The announcement effectively ended Ailes’ 20-year career as founder of Fox News Channel, the powerful news network and political force that, for the past two decades, has billed itself as the “fair and balanced” antidote to what its on-air talent often called the “lamestream liberal media.”