is back from vacation and she's standing by Rosie
O'Donnell in her bitter battle of words with Donald Trump.
of ABC's The View, said Wednesday on the
daytime chat show that she never told Trump she didn't
want O'Donnell on the show, as he has claimed. ''Nothing
could be further from the truth,'' she said.
''She has brought
a new vitality to this show, and the ratings prove
it,'' Walters said of O'Donnell, who is on vacation this
week. When she returns, Walters said, ''we will all
welcome her back with open arms.''
Walters also took
a moment to smooth things over with the Donald, who got
all riled up when O'Donnell said on The View
that he had been ''bankrupt so many times.''
''ABC has asked
me to say this just to clarify things, and I will quote:
'Donald Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy.
Several of his casino companies have filed for
business bankruptcies. They are out of bankruptcy
now,''' Walters said.
A phone call to
Trump for comment wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.
Trump have been feuding since he announced last month that
Miss USA Tara Conner, whose title had been in jeopardy
because of underage drinking, would keep her crown.
Trump is the owner of the Miss Universe Organization,
which includes Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.
outspoken moderator of The View, who joined the
show in September, said Trump's news conference with
Conner had annoyed her ''on a multitude of levels'' and that
the twice-divorced real estate mogul had no right to
be ''the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America.''
Trump fired back,
calling O'Donnell a ''loser'' and a ''bully,'' among
other insults, in various media interviews.
He is the host of
NBC's The Apprentice, which begins its new
season Sunday. (AP)