Fox News Anchor Says Trump Tried To Kiss Her On The Lips In An Elevator
A former Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy said that President Trump once had tried to kiss her on the lips unexpectedly after a business lunch.
“It was truly a weird moment,” she said, noting Juliet was reflecting on it publicly for the first time. “And he never tried anything after that. I was never alone with him.”
Juliet said he had taken her out to lunch at the Trump Tower in 2005 or 2006 to discuss a potential project involving her on The Apprentice. At that time, she was a host on Fox and Friends Weekend, which was a program Trump used to watch frequently. “He’s been known to call out women who are anchors and say, ‘I love what you do,'” she said.
As Trump bid goodbye to her in the elevator, in the vision of his security guard, he leaned in and tried to kiss her on the lips, she said.
“She was surprised to see that he went for the lips,” she said. “But she didn’t feel threatened.”
Huddy said Trump had later invited her and a friend to tour The Apprentice set. And a few years later, he appeared on her syndicated show, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. Off-air, to a studio audience of about 50 people as well as producers, Trump laughed about the pass in the elevator, Juliet said.
“I tried hitting on her but she blew me off,” Huddy said Trump told them. “It wasn’t on air, it was to the audience and the producers. But he was laughing.”
Immediately after the kiss, Huddy was wondered if it was an accident or a misread signal.
“Maybe he leaned in for a kiss thinking, ‘she came out for lunch with me, maybe she’s interested,'” she said she thought. “Now that I’ve matured, I look at things a little bit differently. At that time I was a little shocked and I thought maybe he didn’t mean to do it, maybe I leaned in wrong, so I was kind of making excuses.”
“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump said. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Though Trump and Huddy had a positive working relationship for years, Huddy said she’s lately been disappointed in him. Huddy reportedly was sexually harassed by former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and reached for a settlement over her accusations. On the Bill Schulz show on Thursday, Huddy said she could not discuss the matter.
But, she added, Trump had not been silent. The president publicly said he did not believe O’Reilly had done anything wrong and making the women liars.