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Trump announces plan to appear on 'Fox & Friends,' much to the surprise of one host

By Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News on

Published in Political News

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump performed with the cast of "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, where the commander in chief said he'd made arrangements to appear on the morning show every week until the Nov. 3 election.

"We're going to do it every week?" host Brian Kilmeade asked the president.

"I look forward to it," Trump confirmed. "Yeah, we're going to do it every week, every Monday I think they said. And if we can't do it on a Monday, we'll do it on a Tuesday like we did today."

"Sounds good," Kilmeade replied, though the announcement caught co-host Steve Doocy by surprise.

"Mr. President, thank you very much, uh, you may want to do it every week, but Fox in not committed to that, we're going to take it on a case-by-case basis," he said. "And, uh, Joe Biden, as well, is always welcomed to join us for 47 minutes like we just did with the president."

While the offer to the Democratic candidate in the upcoming election shows good sportsmanship, the FCC's Fairness Doctrine, which required networks to give competing politicians equal editorial airtime, was abolished in 1987. The nonprofit journalism site Poynter points out that when the doctrine was implemented in 1949, there were only three TV news stations.

 

The Hill reports that Biden has declined a couple of requests to appear on Fox News, including an offer from anchor Brett Baier, who tweeted Tuesday "We keep trying."

At one point in Tuesday's show, Trump indicated his weekly visits to Fox News were being worked out behind the scenes.

"We have great people working for you, you don't even have to get involved," Trump told the trio of hosts.

The president enjoys breathless support from Fox News, but gets upset with the right-wing cable channel's polling when it doesn't benefit his campaign. He has also called for the network to fire reporters like Jennifer Griffin, who early this month confirmed reports by several outlets that the president referred to fallen U.S. soldiers as "losers" and "suckers."

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