Trump thanks Megyn Kelly for saying he won debate 'handily' after tweet goes viral

President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE thanked journalist Megyn Kelly for saying he won Thursday night's presidential debate against Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE "handily" in a tweet to his more than 87 million followers on Friday morning.

"Trump won this debate, handily. Biden wasn’t a force at all. Trump was substantive, on-point, well-tempered. Definitely helped himself, when it mattered most," Kelly wrote in a tweet that began trending late Thursday.


The note of thanks comes more than five years after Trump and Kelly clashed during the first Republican primary debate in August 2015.

At one point in the debate watched by more than 24 million people, Kelly asked Trump about his derogatory past comments about women. Trump took exception to the question and attacked her for months on social media, with Kelly refusing to respond.


Trump eventually sat down with Kelly for a FOX TV prime-time special in May 2016.

The former Fox News and NBC News host launched the "Megyn Kelly Show" podcast last month. It has risen to the top of Apple's news commentary rankings.