GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has defended his relations with women, calling them “tremendous”, but stopped short of apologizing for attacking Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly.
Donald Trump was criticized for seeming to suggest that Megyn Kelly was tough on him in Thursday’s first GOP debate because she was menstruating.
In an interview with ABC’s This Week on August 9, the tycoon said that only a “sick person” would interpret his remarks that way.
Donald Trump is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The billionaire, who spoke to a number of news outlets on August 9, said he had an “amazing” relationship with women in business.
“They are phenomenal. And I have many executives that are women,” he told ABC’s This Week.
“They make money for me. They make money for themselves. And in many cases, they truly are really talented and they can be killers.”
On August 6, Donald Trump was one of 10 Republican hopefuls taking part in a debate on Fox News, co-hosted by Megyn Kelly.
Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump why voters should elect a man who has called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals”, a question the tycoon later said was “nasty”.
On August 7, Donald Trump told CNN: “You could see there was blood coming out of her [Ms Kelly’s] eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
Many of his challengers called on him to apologize, and a major US conservative forum dropped him as a speaker in the wake of the remarks.
In the ABC interview, Donald Trump repeated his assertions that he had been misunderstood, saying he had “nothing against” Megyn Kelly, while declining to apologize.
Donald Trump also attacked rival Jeb Bush, who himself is under fire after having to backtrack on comments that the US government was spending too much on women’s health.
“What he said about women and women’s health issues was ridiculous, and I’m the exact opposite,” said Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is ahead of the 16 other Republican candidates in several recent polls despite a string of controversial remarks since launching his campaign.