CNN President Jeff Zucker said he was “fond” of Donald Trump during the 2016 election, according to a phone call between him and then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen leaked to and released by Fox News.
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The conversation, which was allegedly recorded on March 10, 2016, shows Zucker expressing a familiarity with Trump and Cohen.
“Im very conscious of not putting too much in email, as youre a lawyer, as you understand. And, you know, as fond as I am of the boss, he also has a tendency, like, you know, if I call him or I email him, he then is capable of going out in his next rally and saying that we just talked and I cant have that, if you know what Im saying,” Zucker said.
“Its not that I dont want to talk to [Trump] every day. Ive just got to be careful, because, Ive just got to be careful … I just dont want him talking about it on the campaign trail … But you know what? Im going to give him a call right now and Im going wish him luck in the debate tonight.”
Portions of the audio were played during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday.
CNN didnt respond to a request for comment.
Zucker also floated a weekly show, saying it was one of a number of proposals he had to present to Trump.
Zucker told Cohen, who was later arrested and convicted of tax evasion and other charges, that he believed Trump would hold his own in an upcoming debate.
“Hes never lost a debate. And you know what? Hes good at this,” Zucker said, adding later some aRead More From Source