Donald Trump Defends Roger Ailes Against Sexual Harassment Accusations: "He's a Very Good Person"

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"I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them," the Republican presidential nominee said in a pre-taped interview for NBC's 'Meet the Press.'

Donald Trump made his first public comments regarding Roger Ailes' resignation from Fox News amid sexual harassment accusations in pre-taped interviews for NBC's Meet the Press and Showtime's The Circus.

"I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them. And even recently," the Republican presidential nominee told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. "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."

Trump continued: "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."

On the topic of whether or not Ailes will help run his presidential campaign, Trump offered a vague response. "Well, I don't want to comment," he told Todd, adding, "But he's been a friend of mine for a long time."

The media mogul made similar comments about his friendly relationship with Ailes in an interview with Bloomberg, which will air in full on The Circus.

"I think it’s so sad. He’s such a great guy," said Trump. "Roger is — I mean, what he’s done on television, is in the history of television, he’s gotta be placed in the top three, or four or five. And that includes the founding of the major networks. So, it’s too bad. I’m sure it was friendly. I know Rupert [Murdoch]. He’s a great guy."

Trump's appearances on both Meet the Press and The Circus are set to air Sunday.