Kristen Welker will kick off her time as Meet the Press host with an attention-grabbing guest.
Former president Donald Trump will appear in a pre-taped interview on this Sunday’s episode of the NBC news talk show, our sister site Deadline reports. The interview, Trump’s first with a broadcast network since leaving office, will be taped this Thursday.
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NBC says that the same offer has been made to President Joe Biden, and Trump’s appearance will be accompanied by a fact-check on NBC News’ website. “We are in the business of covering politics,” Meet the Press executive producer David Gelles recently said. “It’s not our job to pick and choose the leaders. The American people get to do that. And so our job is to make sure that the American people understand who the people in power are, what they stand for, and what they plan to do.”
Trump is the current frontrunner to win the Republican nomination for president in 2024, setting up a rematch with Biden, but he’s also been mired in legal trouble. Just this year, Trump has been indicted four times, with two of the cases involving his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which he lost to Biden. Trump has also been indicted and charged with dozens of felonies for allegedly mishandling classified documents after leaving office and for his role in paying hush money to women with whom he allegedly had sexual encounters.
This Sunday’s episode also marks Welker’s debut as Meet the Press host, taking the reins from Chuck Todd, who announced his departure in June after nine years as host. Welker joined NBC News in 2010 and moderated the final 2020 presidential debate between Trump and Biden. Todd called Welker “the right person” to take over the job and said this is how he “hoped this would end for me, passing the baton to her.”
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