Donald Trump Returns to Fox News Amid Flap: "I'm Back"
"I can understand that," said Trump when Bill O'Reilly suggested that he went too far by calling Marco Rubio a clown.
Donald Trump returned to Fox News on Tuesday, following his week-long self-imposed exile from the cable channel.
The frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination was a guest on The O'Reilly Factor, marking his first appearance on a Fox News program since he tweeted Sept. 23 that he would stay off of the channel for the "foreseeable future" due to his perception that he was being treated unfairly. The tweet has since been deleted.
"So you're back," host Bill O'Reilly said to begin the conversation. "How does it feel?"
"I'm back," replied Trump. "It feels good — you've always been fair to me, Bill. I've never had a problem with you. You've always treated me with respect and fairly, and I've always appreciated that. You know that."
During their interview, Trump labeled himself "a cost-cutter" and detailed how he plans to stimulate the economy.
"I am going to cut big, big Department of Education," he said as his chief area of budget trimming. "I'm all for education — I want it to be local."
Trump pointed out that he wouldn't work to eliminate corporate deductions for private jets or season tickets to baseball games. "If they're used in business, it's a business tool," Trump reasoned.
O'Reilly then asked Trump if it was fair to assume he would have to be "a bit kinder and more mature" to earn the party's nomination.
"I think it's fair — I think the word 'mature' is not appropriate — but I think it's certainly fair," said Trump. "It's not going to be a question of nice. ... It's going to be a question of confidence."
When O'Reilly criticized Trump for not being presidential when he recently called fellow candidate Marco Rubio a "clown," Trump agreed that he may have gone too far. "I can understand that," said Trump.