Donald Trump congratulated former House speaker Newt Gingrich on his “amazing interview” with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
“By the way, congratulations, Newt, on last night,” Trump said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, referring to Gingrich’s contentious interview with Kelly. “That was an amazing interview. We don’t play games Newt, right? We don’t play games.”
The interview in question was an uncomfortably heated live exchange between Gingrich and Kelly, in which Gingrich accused the anchor of being “fascinated with sex” after growing frustrated by Kelly’s suggestion that Trump was potentially a “sexual predator.”
The exchange occurred after Kelly brought up the leaked Access Hollywood tape from 2005, in which Trump bragged about how his fame allowed him to grab women “by the p—y,” as well as the numerous sexual assault allegations against Trump that have come to light since. (Trump has denied the claims and threatened to sue his accusers after the election.)
“I’m sick and tired of people like you using language that’s inflammatory, that’s not true,” Gingrich told her, later adding, “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy.”
Kelly defended herself on air, saying “Listen, Mr. Speaker, I’m not fascinated by sex. But I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office.”
The interview concluded with Kelly telling Gingrich to take his anger issues elsewhere to work on them, which Gingrich responded to with a curt “you, too.”
Gingrich stood by his statements Wednesday, tweeting, “For the record, @megynkelly was wrong. I don’t have anger management issues. I do have media bias issues!”
Watch Donald Trump address the controversy below.