Trump called Murdoch to make sure Disney deal wouldn’t affect Fox News: report
President Trump reportedly called 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch ahead of Disney’s announcement that it would purchase of much of his company to make sure the deal wouldn’t impact Fox News.
According to a New York Times report published Saturday, Trump made the call before news of the sale emerged earlier this month.
The president frequently watches Fox News and often tweets about the network’s coverage of his administration.
Murdoch reportedly assured Trump that the network would not be impacted by the sale.
Fox News and Fox Business Network were not part of the $52.4 billion deal that Disney announced.
The White House told reporters last week that Trump made a congratulatory call to Murdoch on the deal.
“The president spoke with Rupert Murdoch earlier today, congratulated him on the deal and thinks that, to use one of the president’s favorite words, that this could be a great thing for jobs,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
“And he certainly looks forward to and is hoping to see a lot more of those created.”
The pair reportedly talk on the phone once a week, according to the Times.
Trump, a frequent viewer of cable news, has highlighted Fox News as a favorite. The Times reported earlier this month that Trump watches up to eight hours of television a day, a report Trump has denied.