In a surprising move, former President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear on CNN for a live town hall event. The booking has raised eyebrows due to Trump’s previous condemnation of CNN as “fake news” and his propensity to spread falsehoods. The event, moderated by CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins, will take place in New Hampshire and feature a live audience of Republicans and undeclared voters posing questions to the GOP frontrunner. This marks Trump’s first appearance on CNN since the 2016 presidential campaign.
Controversy Surrounds Decision
The decision to give Trump a platform on the network has sparked criticism from his critics, who argue that it gives him a chance to spread misinformation. Some have accused new CNN CEO Chris Licht of trying to appeal to a more centrist audience as part of his network overhaul. The timing of the town hall is also controversial, coming one day after a New York jury found Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation in a civil case brought by writer E. Jean Carroll.
Despite the controversy, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav defended the decision, stating that Trump is the Republican frontrunner and “has to be on.” Trump himself seemed to chide CNN ahead of the event, suggesting that the network booked him out of desperation for ratings. Nonetheless, the appearance is likely to draw significant attention and further fuel speculation about Trump’s potential bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
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