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Fox News host Megyn Kelly is defending her questioning of businessman Donald Trump during the first Republican presidential debate, saying she approached the candidates from multiple angles.

“If you can’t get past me, how are you going to handle Vladimir Putin?” Kelly said with a smile during an interview on Fox News’s “Mediabuzz” aired Sunday.

“We had anticipated that some in the audience might boo us during the middle of our questions,” Kelly said. “They can boo us, and some people are booing us now on Twitter. But that’s all part of it.”

“He felt attacked — it wasn’t an attack, it was a fair question. But I get it. He’s in the arena and so am I,” Kelly said, alluding to asking Trump about previous remarks disparaging women’s appearances.

The interview with Kelly was taped shortly before Trump escalated his feud with the network after the debate, saying on CNN that she had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her … wherever.”

Kelly has so far not commented on that remark, which drew widespread condemnation from Trump’s GOP rivals over the weekend. He has since clarified he was going to finish by saying “ears or nose.”

“My job is not to feel passionate about these candidates. My job is to ask probing questions that are hopefully smart and help the people hopefully learn something about this person, and in this context, his weaknesses,” Kelly said in the “Mediabuzz” interview of Trump supporters lashing out on social media.

“The job is to get past the talking points and go to the place where they might be most vulnerable with the Republican primary voters, or conversely, the place where they might be most vulnerable in a general election, and then give them a chance to knock that ball back to us,” Kelly said of her questions.

Kelly also defended asking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker about whether he would allow a woman to die instead of have an abortion.

“I hit him from the left on abortion and I hit Marco Rubio from the right on abortion,” she said.

Kelly acknowledged that the debate was “a big night” for Trump, who has never appeared before in a debate as a presidential candidate and currently sits atop several recent polls, adding, “I’m sure the nerves were high, as they were for all the candidates.”

“It’s OK, I’m a big girl, I can take it,” Kelly said.

 

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