Donald Trump commented on the ongoing scandal surrounding Fox News fixture Bill O’Reilly’s settlement of sexual harassment claims, which has prompted major marketers to pull their ads from “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump said of O’Reilly during an interview with The New York Times in the Oval Office.
He added: “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.”
Trump also lashed out at the media for failing to adequately cover the controversy surrounding former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice. Trump suggested that Rice may have committed a crime in connection with the surveillance scandal, and indicated that other Obama administration officials may have also been involved.
“The president provided no evidence to back his claim,” The Times notes. “Current and former intelligence officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations have said that nothing they have seen led them to believe that Ms. Rice’s actions were unusual or unlawful.”
The report adds: “When Americans are swept up in surveillance of foreign officials by intelligence agencies, their identities are supposed to be obscured, but they can be revealed for national security reasons, and intelligence officials say it is a regular occurrence.”