Trump To Sit For Tremendous Bowl Pregame Interview, After Skipping It Final 12 months

President Donald Trump has agreed to sit down down with CBS Information for a pregame interview earlier than the Tremendous Bowl, a practice he skipped final yr when the sport aired on NBC.

“Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan will tape the interview ― Trump’s first community tv sit-down because the partial authorities shutdown ended final week ― on Friday, CBS Information introduced Monday. It’s scheduled to air Sunday morning and once more that afternoon earlier than the night recreation. 

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama popularized the annual custom of giving an on-air interview to a journalist from the community airing that yr’s Tremendous Bowl.

Trump, who usually assaults the media, has given few tv interviews. He has usually chosen to talk with networks that have a tendency to present him extra beneficiant protection, comparable to Fox Information.

Trump taped an interview with then-Fox Information persona Invoice O’Reilly earlier than the 2017 Tremendous Bowl, and it aired on Fox’s broadcast community as a part of its telecast of the sport. However final yr, White Home officers turned down the invitation from NBC, which Trump has incessantly attacked.

NBC Information had final carried out a sit-down interview with Trump in Might 2017, after his abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. Trump famously informed anchor Lester Holt that he had thought-about “this Russia factor” prior to creating the choice. The interview raised questions on whether or not Trump had obstructed justice by firing Comey amid the FBI’s investigation into doable collusion between his marketing campaign and Russia.

Trump has turned the sport into pink meat for his base by creating friction with the NFL, as he has usually lashed out towards gamers who’ve protested racism and police brutality by kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem at video games. Colin Kaepernick began the gesture in 2016, whereas he was with the San Francisco 49ers.

Trump famously mentioned at a 2017 rally that NFL house owners ought to “get that son of a bitch off the sphere,” referring to gamers who protest, and known as on NFL followers to boycott video games.

Obama participated within the pregame interview every year of his presidency, answering rapid-fire questions in regards to the recreation and his household’s Tremendous Bowl traditions, in addition to subjects within the information. Obama was interviewed by O’Reilly in 2011 and 2014, with the latter change getting notably heated.