Fox News host Megyn Kelly says Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE unsuccessfully tried to give her gifts during the presidential campaign in what she called his attempt to influence journalists by "[working] the refs."
In her book, “Settle for More,” set for release on Tuesday, "The Kelly File" host says Trump, the now president-elect, even offered a free stay at one of his hotels.
“This is actually one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign: I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage,” Kelly said.
Kelly also writes that Trump tried to gain favorable coverage by praising certain journalists and hosts.
“This is smart, because the media is full of people whose egos need stroking,” she added.
“Trump tried to work the refs, and some of the refs responded,” she said, while stressing she never accepted any offer from the billionaire, chalking it up to a simple ethical choice.
The hotel room offers included a "girls weekend" at a downtown Manhattan Trump hotel, and one for her husband and her at Trump's exclusive Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.