Trump incited backlash after he said of Kelly on Friday, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her -- wherever,” referencing the host’s demeanor as she grilled him during the first GOP presidential debate.
Some critics characterized the remark as a disparaging comment about her menstrual cycle, but he says that’s not true, and that by “wherever” he meant Kelly’s nose or ears.
“If I finished it, I was going to say ears or nose, because that's just a common statement -- ‘blood is pouring out of your ears,’” he told Guthrie in a phone interview. He also said that if he had made a joke about Kelly’s period, “it would be inappropriate.”
Guthrie pointed out that Trump apparently did not find it inappropriate to retweet a comment about Kelly being a “bimbo.”