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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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 ToddMegan Rapinoe reveals what she'd say to fans who are Trump supporters Rapinoe: Trump's message divides 'so he can conquer' Sanders: Pelosi is being 'a little bit' too tough on Ocasio-Cortez 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 ComeyHannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal White House repeatedly blocks ex-aide from answering Judiciary panel questions 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 StephanopoulosThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes gamble on North Korea 2020 Democratic candidates pan Trump's North Korea visit Ex-Bush CIA chief Hayden denounces Trump comments on Russian election interference 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."