CNN president Jeff Zucker told Michael Cohen in 2016 that he wanted Donald Trump, whom he referred to as “the boss,” to host a weekly show, while touting the importance of having the favor of the network to win the White House.
“You guys have had great instincts, great guts and great understanding of everything. But you’re missing the boat on how it works going forward,” the CNN boss told Cohen during the March 2016 conversation revealed in a recording played on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Tuesday.
Zucker, who worked with Trump as the former CEO of NBC Universal while “The Apprentice” was on the network, told Cohen: “You cannot be elected president of the United States without CNN.”
Zucker also pitched a project for Trump, who was at the time beginning to pull away from the pack of GOP hopefuls during the Republican primary.
“I have all these proposals for him,”‘ Zucker told Cohen. “I want to do a weekly show with him and all this stuff.”