Former President Donald Trump will meet CNN next week for an event at City Hall in New Hampshire, the network announced Monday.
Trump, who has often criticized CNN for being “fake news,” will make his first appearance on the network since 2016.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins will host the event at Saint Anselm’s College in New Hampshire on May 10. Town Hall will air on the network at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Trump’s appearance on CNN is part of a plan to expand his message to a wider audience, according to policy.
As policy detailed:
The former president and his team have re-engaged the mainstream press after largely avoiding them. They held talks with several other notable outlets, including NBC. He also invited an array of mainstream media reporters to fly with him on his plane to and from campaign events.
Those in the former president’s orbit believe that by giving interviews and accessing mainstream media, they can expand Trump’s message – and create a contrast with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has widely been seen as more closed to mainstream media while giving interviews to conservatives.
However, Trump’s appearance on CNN is also an apparent blow to Fox News, the conservative cable outlet that recently parted ways with Tucker Carlson.
Last month, the Republican National Committee announced that Fox News would host the first Republican presidential primary debate, which caught Trump off guard.
Trump posted on Truth Social last week:
I see everyone talking about the Republican debates, but no one got my or the Trump campaign’s approval before announcing them. When you’re ahead by seemingly insurmountable numbers and have hostile networks with angry anchors, TRUMP & MAGA who hate to ask the “questions”, why subject yourself to defamation and abuse? In addition, the second debate is held at the Reagan Library, whose president is, surprisingly, Fred Ryan, publisher of the Washington Post. NO!
Trump hasn’t attended a town hall event since late 2020, when he sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.