Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE returned to Fox News on Tuesday night after a brief boycott, and defended the fierce rhetorical attacks he’s lobbed against his rivals for the GOP nomination.
Last week, Trump said he was done giving interviews to Fox News, arguing the network has treated him unfairly.
But Trump, who is expected to meet with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and other executives soon, returned to the network on Tuesday night.
“I’m back,” Trump said an interview on “The O’Reilly Factor.” “It feels good.”
Anchor Bill O’Reilly prefaced many of his questions to Trump by asking whether it would be fair for him to broach a certain topic.
O’Reilly focused heavily Trump’s temperament, challenging him to admit that he has occasionally crossed the line in going after his rivals.
“Am I fair to say that for you to win, you’ll have to change your style and be kinder and more mature?” O’Reilly asked.

“I think it’s fair,” Trump responded. “I think ‘mature’ is probably not appropriate, but I think it’s certainly fair. … But it’s not going to be a question of nice. I think I’m a nice person. I have great relationships. … I help people. I love people. But it’s not going to be that. It’s going to be a question of confidence, because people are tired of being pushed around by every country in the world.”
O’Reilly pointed to Trump’s name-calling, and particularly the insults he's aimed recently at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Trump has called Rubio a "clown" and a "baby."
“Would it be unfair if I told you that calling Sen. Rubio a clown is not presidential?” O’Reilly asked.
“No, I don’t think you’d be unfair,” Trump responded. “But I have to tell you how that all started. I was getting along with him perfectly fine. Two weeks ago, everything was fine. I don’t really know him. And then all of a sudden, he attacks me about nothing, really attacked me quite viciously, and I fought back. … I’m a counter-puncher.”
Trump then went into an extended riff attacking Rubio as having “the worst voting record in the Senate,” and for being “unbelievably weak on immigration.”
At the end of the interview, O’Reilly asked Trump whether he believes he was treated fairly in this latest Fox News appearance.
“You’re very good, you’re always fair,” Trump said. “Almost [always].”