Trump Set to Do 19th Interview With Fox as President, Has Done 18 With All Other Outlets Combined


Donald Trump (L) speaks with Fox News reporter John Roberts (R) following his press conference on March 5, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Fla. / Getty
• October 25, 2017 11:26 am


President Donald Trump's interview with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs airing Wednesday night will be his 19th with the right-leaning news network since taking office, surpassing the 18 interviews he has done with all other outlets combined.

According to data from CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, Trump has done four interviews with the New York Times, three each with Reuters and NBC, two each with the Wall Street Journal and CBN, and one apiece with the Washington Post, ABC, CBS and the Associated Press.

Trump has done no exclusive interviews with CNN since taking office in January. CNN's Brian Stelter noted the numbers in his "Reliable Sources" media newsletter.

Trump's sit-down with Dobbs, an open supporter of the president, follows a trend of other friendly interviews with Sean Hannity and the hosts of "Fox and Friends."

Trump's last formal, sit-down television interview with a mainstream network outside of Fox News was with NBC News anchor Lester Holt in May, following the president's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. In the interview, Trump acknowledged he planned to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation from the Department of Justice.

CBN's Pat Robertson interviewed Trump at the White House two months later—at the time the president's first interview with an outlet other than Fox News since he spoke with Holt.

UPDATED 11:40 A.M.: This story was updated to clarify that Trump's interview with Holt was his last formal, sit-down one on television with a mainstream network other than Fox News, but not altogether; Robertson interviewed Trump for CBN two months later.