In a New York Times Magazine profile piece about CNN and its relationship with President Donald Trump, there was one standout detail.
Trump thinks he got CNN president Jeff Zucker his job, and was upset about how the network treated him during the election.
Zucker and Trump apparently spoke on a monthly basis during the GOP primary. During those times, the then-candidate would talk about how tough CNN hosts and anchors were during interviews. Eventually, after securing the Republican nomination, Trump sent his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to Zucker to explain that his father-in-law would no longer be speaking to the outlet.
Fast forward to October and the second presidential debate and Trump lashed out to the CNN chief to let him know that he felt betrayed due to how critical CNN panelists were after the debate.
[A]fter the second presidential debate in October, when several CNN panelists criticized Trump for dismissing his comments about grabbing women by the genitals as “locker-room talk,” Zucker received an email from Trump, via his campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks: “Jeff — Too bad you (CNN) couldn’t be honest with how well I did in the debate. The dumbest thing I ever did was get you the job at CNN — you are the most disloyal person. Just remember, I always seem to find a way to get even. Best wishes, Donald J. Trump.”
The piece explained that Trump did sing Zucker’s praises when Zucker was up for the job a few years prior due to the relationship between the two men shared at NBC. However, the man in charge of hiring Zucker at the time, Phil Kent, said that Trump’s remarks back then “Was not a factor in the decision to hire” Zucker.