President Donald Trump defended Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly amid revelations that O’Reilly and the network paid out millions to settle sexual harassment claims by five women.
“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled,” Trump told the New York Times on Wednesday. “Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong,” he said.
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” he said.
The comments came days after the president proclaimed this month as “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month” where he said “we must develop meaningful strategies to eliminate these crimes” and “protect vulnerable groups.”
O’Reilly and the network settled several claims with women working at Fox who accused the news anchor of inappropriate sexual behavior. The settlements totaled about $13 million, according to the New York Times.