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    May 19, 2016

    Trump, Kelly bury hatchet after 9 months


    DONALD Trump, the feisty United States billionaire likely to have clinched the Republican nomination for president, has uncharacteristically patched up with Megyn Kelly, Fox News Channel's news celebrity, ending their nine-month-long rancour, reported the American media.

    The two talked cordially at Fox's first Megyn Kelly Presents programme, which was aired at prime time on Tuesday, The New York Times reported.

    "When I am wounded, I go after people hard, OK?" Mr Trump, 70, told Ms Kelly at one point. "And I try and unwound myself."

    That evoked Mr Trump's incessant and vitriolic attacks on Ms Kelly following Fox News' first Republican debate held in August which involved 10 candidates.

    In one attack, Mr Trump told the Central News Network that Ms Kelly "had blood coming out of her wherever" when she was moderating the debate - a comment widely interpreted as referring to menstruation.

    Mr Trump explained in Tuesday's show that it was Ms Kelly's confrontation at the debate about his past disparaging comments about women that had incurred his ire.

    "I thought it was unfair," he said of the question, while noting it was the first question he had been asked at a debate.

    He skipped the second Fox News debate because of her involvement and took to calling her "Crazy Megyn" on Twitter.

    In March, Fox News criticised his crude and sexist verbal attacks against Ms Kelly as "beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate".

    For her part, the 45-year-old had referred to Mr Trump as Voldemort - the archvillain in the Harry Potter series.

    Then, last month, she made a trip to Trump Tower to "clear the air" as well as discuss his coming on for the special.

    Mr Trump conceded in the programme that he might have been a little rough in his handling of Ms Kelly and others during his primary campaigns, reported the Agence France-Presse.

    "I could have done certain things differently. I could have maybe used different language in a couple of instances," he said.

    The interview ended affably, with each saying "thank you very much" and giving the other a firm handshake, said the Times.

    For the last few weeks, Mr Trump, who has presented himself as anti-establishment, has been reaching out to the Republican mainstream, Fox pointed out.

    Last week, he met the party's congressional leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has held back an endorsement for now.

    Ms Kelly, a former corporate litigator, joined Fox News in 2004 as a television reporter and rose rapidly through the ranks, thanks to her good looks, fierce ambition and keen intellect.

    In 2014, the blonde mother of three was the only female journalist listed on Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people.