Ailes advising Trump for presidential debates: report
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Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes reportedly is advising Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE ahead of the upcoming presidential debates, The New York Times reported.


Ailes, who resigned from his position at Fox News last month amid allegations of sexual harassment, is helping the business mogul as he prepares for the debates against Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' MORE.

Ailes's role could go beyond debate preparation, according to the newspaper.

It is not known how long Ailes has been working with the Trump campaign or whether he is being paid for his work, The New York Times reported.

Before founding Fox News, Ailes worked as a political strategist and advised Richard Nixon's presidential campaign in 1968. He also worked with Ronald Reagan in 1984 as a debate coach.

When Trump was asked in July if Ailes was going to advise his campaign, the GOP nominee said he didn't want to comment.

"But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time," Trump said in July on NBC News.

The GOP standard-bearer then offered praise for Ailes and appeared to cast doubt on the allegations against him.

"Some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him," Trump said.

"And now all of a sudden they're saying these horrible things about him. It's very sad. Because he's a very good person. I've always found him to be just a very, very good person," Trump continued.

"And, by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he's done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he's going to run my campaign."

The Trump campaign denied Ailes has any role within the campaign.
"This is not accurate," spokeswoman Hope Hicks told NBC News.
"He is not advising Mr. Trump or helping with debate prep. They are longtime friends, but he has no formal or informal role in the campaign."