Trump Defends Bill O’Reilly: He Did Nothing Wrong

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Donald Trump and television personality Bill O'Reilly watch the New York Yankees play the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning of their MLB American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York, July 30, 2012.

President Trump on Wednesday defended his friend Bill O’Reilly amid a mass advertiser exodus over a new report that the Fox News host settled sexual-harassment lawsuits with at least five women. “I think he’s a person I know well—he is a good person,” the president told The New York Times, after praising the famed windbag for covering his repeated claims about former Obama aide Susan Rice committing a crime in allegedly seeking to unmask Trump associates caught up in intercepted communications (a claim for which he has declined to provide evidence). Regarding O’Reilly’s multiple sexual-harassment cases, Trump said, “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”