Donald Trump's feud with Fox News continued Tuesday as Trump responded to Fox chief Roger Ailes' request for an apology to host Megyn Kelly.
In a statement released Tuesday, Ailes slammed Trump's "verbal assaults" on Kelly and proclaimed how proud he was of her "professionalism and class" in the face of Trump's comments.
"Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," Ailes said in a statement provided to TheBlaze. "Megyn Kelly represents the best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise."
I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015
In his own counter-statement Tuesday, the Republican presidential contender continued to criticize Kelly as not being a "quality journalist."
"I totally disagree with the Fox statement. I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist," Trump said. "I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."
Trump didn't miss the opportunity to brag about a new Public Policy Polling survey that placed him solidly in the lead in New Hampshire at 35 percent and a Monmouth University poll that put him at 30 percent.
"It was also just announced that I won the prestigious corn kernel poll at the Iowa State Fair by a landslide," he said.