Trump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president

President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE sat down Friday for an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," marking the first time he will appear on the program during his presidency.

Moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddLawmakers gear up for spending bill, infrastructure votes Graham told Trump he 'f'd up' the presidency: book DHS secretary: We are working in a 'completely broken' immigration system MORE tweeted that he had spent the morning interviewing the president at the White House. The conversation will air on Sunday.

Trump's scheduled appearance on "Meet the Press" was first reported by CNN.


It will mark Trump's first time sitting down for a one-on-one with NBC since he was interviewed by Lester Holt in May 2017. It was during that interview that Trump caused a stir over his explanation for the firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE.

NBC will host the first Democratic debates next week from Miami.

Trump has made an effort to get on the airwaves in recent weeks, appearing on networks he has typically criticized or avoided as he shifts into campaign mode for the 2020 race.

After largely only appearing on Fox News, Trump spoke extensively with ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosLawmakers gear up for spending bill, infrastructure votes Surgeon general: 'Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another' Christie: Biden's new vaccine mandate will 'harden opposition' MORE and sat for interviews with Time magazine and Telemundo in the last two weeks.

The president has had a fraught relationship with the news media, routinely decrying coverage he dislikes as "fake news" and referring to some outlets as the "enemy of the people."

He has singled out NBC and its parent company, Comcast, on multiple occasions, at some points suggesting the network's "license" should be looked at or revoked.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in charge of issuing broadcasting licenses, which are granted to individual stations instead of networks like NBC. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai repeatedly said in 2017 that the agency would not revoke those licenses on the basis of a station’s content.

Trump has also mocked the host of "Meet the Press," referring to him as "Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd."