Donald Trump Will Return To CNN, Long His Favorite Media Target, For Town Hall Event

Donald Trump will make his first appearance on CNN in many years next week, when he appears in a town hall event sponsored by the network.

The network announced that Trump would take questions from Republicans and undeclared voters at the May 10 event, with CNN This Morning anchor Kaitlan Collins moderating. It will take place at St. Anselm College.

Trump targeted the network throughout his presidency and afterward, repeatedly calling it “fake news” to the point it became a chant among his supporters.

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CNN said that it “has a longstanding tradition of hosting leading presidential candidates for town halls and political events as a critical component of the network’s robust campaign coverage.”

During his administration, Trump largely shunned the network save for press conference interactions with its then-White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. But under Chris Licht, who succeeded Jeff Zucker as the head of the network last year, CNN has de-emphasized opinion and analysis, as its daytime hours have been overhauled to emphasize breaking news. The network also has filled its 9 p.m. ET hour in part with special event programming, like town halls, as well as sit down interviews with celebrities and political figures.

Collins also covered the Trump administration and had some flare ups, including an incident in 2018 when she was banned from a press event, apparently over the questions she posed to the president earlier in the day. Collins became co-host of CNN’s morning show last November, and has since also anchored in the evening hours.

Fox News will host the first presidential primary debate in August. That event will be held in Milwaukee.

More to come.

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