Republican frontrunner Donald Trump once complimented Fox News host Megyn Kelly for her performance moderating a GOP debate in 2011.
Trump spoke to Kelly in 2011 about his frustration with candidates refusing to participate in a debate he was set to host with NewsMax. The businessman implied the Republican candidates declining invitations to attend his debate lacked “courage.”
— Stephen B. Wiley (@swiley15) January 27, 2016
He then heaped praise on Kelly.
“Do you really think you’re a better moderator than I am?” Kelly asked.
“No,” Trump promptly replied. “I could never beat you. That wouldn’t even be close. That would be no contest.”
The billionaire added, “You have done a great job, by the way. And I mean it.”
Trump’s 2011 comments surfaced on the Internet late Tuesday after his campaign announced he would not participate in Fox News’ Thursday debate. At a news conference, Trump said his decision was in part influenced by the network’s refusal to remove Kelly as a moderator.
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