Donald Trump to CNN: Donate The Earnings From Your Debate
Donald Trump has an unusual proposal for CNN: He wants the network to donate its profits from next week's Republican primary debate to charity.
(CNN) – – “I imagine that each one income from this broadcast ought to go to numerous VETERANS teams, a listing of which I’ll ship to you within the close to future,” the GOP frontrunner stated in a letter to CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.
Trump revealed the letter on Wednesday morning. He stated he is accountable for an anticipated spike in promoting income from the September 16 occasion. The primary debate of the season, on August 6, drew 24 million viewers to Fox Information, by far the most important viewers for a major debate.
“Whereas I refuse to brag, and as you realize very effectively, this super enhance in viewer curiosity and promoting is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump,'” Trump wrote.
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CNN didn’t instantly remark.
There isn’t a precedent for the type of monetary transaction Trump is suggesting. However there’s additionally no precedent for a candidate like Trump.
The billionaire businessman dropped hints final month about this donation proposal.
He advised Time journal, “This is my query: So if I’m going to CNN and I say, Look, you are going to have a large viewers, and if I say to them, I need $10 million for charity, nothing for myself, what occurs? I am not displaying up, proper?”
Trump urged that he might say to CNN: “I am not displaying up except you give $10 million to most cancers, to this, to that. You choose 10 nice charities, $1 million per.”
He additionally mused that he needs to be paid to point out up for interviews.
“They need to all pay me for this,” Trump advised The Hollywood Reporter in August. “I am doing this for nothing.”
Tv networks, nonetheless, typically don’t pay for interviews or debate participation.
Any cost from a media firm to a candidate (or on behalf of a candidate) would elevate all types of crimson flags, from primary journalistic questions on equity to authorized questions on political donations.
CNN has not stated how a lot it’s spending to supply the controversy, nor how a lot it’s charging advertisers.