Donald Trump, Roger Ailes and Network Brass to Meet Over Fox News Standoff
The GOP candidate vowed Wednesday to halt all future appearances on the cable news network.
Donald Trump is going to talk it out with Roger Ailes and Fox News Channel editorial executives.
Per an FNC spokesperson, the pair spoke on the phone Thursday following the Wednesday war of words over Trump saying he would no longer be appearing on the network.
"Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and Donald Trump spoke this morning and plan to have a meeting next week to discuss their differences of opinion regarding Fox's coverage of Mr. Trump's presidential campaign," reads the statement. "Ailes will be joined by senior Fox editorial executives. Mr. Trump believes he has been treated unfairly in certain instances. Fox News has held every candidate in this race to the highest journalistic standards throughout our coverage. We believe a candid meeting about our differences is required and that any misunderstandings can be handled without compromising those standards."
The back and forth between Trump and FNC goes back to the GOP frontrunner's appearance in the first debate of the 2016 presidential race. The telecast, which broke cable ratings records, notably featured Trump and moderator Megyn Kelly sparring over his remarks about women. Though Trump has appeared on FNC series such as those fronted by Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity in the time since, he has yet to backpedal on his criticism of Kelly.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he would stop appearing on the network, insisting that "Fox News has been treating me very unfairly." The network quickly responded with a statement of its own, defending its coverage and calling out the alleged boycott as another "distraction."