Trump defends Fox News host O'Reilly as 'good person'

Posted April 06, 2017

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month - an awareness event created by President Trump - the POTUS went on-record defending Fox host Bill O'Reilly amid his ongoing sexual harassment scandal.

Following a joint news conference held by President Donald Trump and Jordan's King Abdullah II, a CNN panel convened to discuss the presser and other news that had recently hit.

The feud started on Monday when Lemon said that he would not "aid and abet" Donald Trump in his claims that he had been spied on by the Obama administration and also defended Rice against claims that she had asked for the names of Trump campaign members who had contact with Russian Federation for political reasons.

"He's a good person", Trump said of O'Reilly during an interview with the New York Times. He told the Times: "You should have taken it all the way".

"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", the president added. "And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything". O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing and said he supported the settlements so his family wouldn't be hurt. "Totally unfounded, based on what I read".

When Fox CEO Roger Ailes was under scrutiny and later forced to resign, Trump continued to maintain his innocence and stand by the aggressor, even as it threatened his presidential ambitions.

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Following revelations of the sexual harassment settlements, advertisers have been fleeing his highly rated Fox News program. The National Organization for Women has called for him to be fired.

From January 2015 to September 2016, the program raised $ 297 million in advertising revenue to Fox News, according to figures provided by Kantar Media.

Fox News and 21st Century Fox are standing behind O'Reilly.

The Times reported over the weekend that Fox and O'Reilly paid US$13 million (S$18 million) to five women who accused him of sexual harassment.

Human Rights Commission spokesman Seth Hoy said he could not comment.

The New York Times has identified three new cases of alleged sexual harassment against the presenter in addition to two already known cases.