Trump on Bill O'Reilly: 'He Shouldn't Have Settled'

'I don't think Bill did anything wrong'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2017 12:47 PM CDT
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Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during his interview with Bill O'Reilly on the Fox news talk show "The O'Reilly Factor" on Nov. 6, 2015, in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Advertisers may be ditching Bill O'Reilly at a dizzying rate, but the Fox News host still has President Trump in his corner. "I think he shouldn't have settled," Trump told reporters Wednesday, referring to a New York Times article over the weekend revealing the O'Reilly Factor host and his employer paid $13 million to settle allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior from five women since 2002. O'Reilly shouldn't have settled, Trump said, "because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong." Further, "I think he's a person I know well—he is a good person."

The comments came as Trump was discussing former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the New York Times reports. He was criticizing mainstream media outlets for not "adequately" covering the story about her allegedly attempting to "unmask" Trump associates caught up in intelligence surveillance, but he praised O'Reilly and Fox News. "I think it's going to be the biggest story," Trump said. "It's such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time." (More Bill O'Reilly stories.)

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