CNN head: Trump's attacks don't 'bother me'

The chairman of CNN says he is not troubled by Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE’s attacks on his news network.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Jeff Zucker said in an interview with Vanity Fair published Tuesday. "If everybody is a little upset at the end of the day, we’re probably doing our job."


Zucker said Trump’s political success stems in part from his past as a reality television star.

“He was in a field of 17 people, and as a result, his celebrity gave him greater recognition,” Zucker said of the Republican presidential nominee and former star of "The Apprentice."

Zucker added that CNN hired Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, so the network covers the billionaire more fairly.

“The reason we hired Corey is that now that we are in the general election, I think it’s really important to have voices on CNN who are supportive of the Republican nominee,” he said. "It’s hard to find a lot of those.

“Our competitors tried to hire him, too,” Zucker added. "I actually think he’s done a really nice job."

Trump on Monday accused CNN of serving as a “press shop” for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE.

Trump’s criticism came one day after CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria said he is a “bulls--- artist” over claims about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

CNN hired Lewandowski in June, after the former top aide’s firing the same month.