Knowing the importance of the presidential debates he will enter with Hillary Clinton, especially as he is trailing badly in the polls, Donald Trump is working with former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes to prepare for eh debates.
According to The New York Times, multiple sources confirm that Ailes is coaching Trump; despite the fact that Ailes resigned from Fox News on July 21 after multiple charges of sexual harassment were made against him.
There was no evidence that Ailes is being paid for his efforts to help Trump; Ailes received $40 million when he left Fox News.
On Sunday, Ailes met with Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump denied in a telephone interview late Tuesday afternoon that Ailes was formally involved helping him prepare for the debates, saying, “I’ll speak with Roger, but this is not a formal thing. I don’t have a debate coach. I’ve never had a debate coach,” adding Ailes had “no role.”
Ailes helped coach Ronald Reagan in 1984 for his debates with Walter Mondale and George H. W. Bush for debates with Gov. Michael S. Dukakis in 1988, as well as Rudy Giuliani’s unsuccessful New York City mayoral campaign in 1989.
Three days after Ailes left Fox, Trump was asked by Chuck Todd on Meet The Press whether Mr. Ailes was going to advise the campaign. Trump replied: “I don’t want to comment. But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time,” adding Ailes was a “very, very good person . . . A lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”
Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told ABC 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.” Ailes's attorney, Susan Estrich, echoed to The Washington Post, "I checked with Roger, and it is not so.”