In an interview with Fox’s Megyn Kelly on Tuesday, Donald Trump expressed regret for his feud with the journalist, but stopped short of offering an apology. Trump had retweeted Twitter followers who called Kelly a “bimbo” after Kelly skewered Trump on his penchant for insulting women during the first Republican debate. In Tuesday’s interview, Trump at first said he didn’t recall calling her a bimbo, before admitting, “Ooo. OK. Did I say that? Excuse me.” The awkwardness was palpable. He couldn’t resist adding a qualifier, however. “Over your life, Megyn, you’ve been called a lot worse,” said Trump. “It’s a modern form of fighting back.” When Kelly responded that it was not about her but rather about the message being sent to young girls, Trump said only that he would no longer be going after Kelly personally. And then the two posed for this awkward promotional photo afterwards.
Later on, Trump awkwardly tweeted, “Well done Megyn — and they all lived happily ever after!” The awkwardness continued on Wednesday morning, but on a different TV network. In an interview with CBS that aired Wednesday, Ivanka Trump defended her father against a New York Times story detailing alleged workplace sexism. She praised her father for his support of his female employees, and denied claims that Trump had groped a female employee under the table. “I’m not in every interaction my father has,” she said, “but he’s not a groper.”