In an off the record meeting, Donald Trump will meet with executives and anchors from the five biggest television networks today. Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway setup the meeting. It will take place at Trump tower at 1:00 PM today.
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News will all be represented.
Some of the top network anchors are traveling or on vacation this week, but others will be in attendance, the Trump aide said. Several executives from the networks will also be there.
Another source said ABC News president James Goldston and anchors George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, and Martha Raddatz are expected to attend.
There is much for the group to talk about. Trump has long-standing relationships with many in the TV news business — but he also waged an anti-media crusade during his campaign for president.
There are many looming questions about whether Trump will provide the same levels of press access that past presidents have permitted, like a traveling “press pool” and regular news conferences.
This could be an olive branch to the media, after Trump launched a crusade against biased reporting during the campaign. Or he could be telling them something completely different.
George Stephanopoulos and Martha Raddatz are two journalists in particular that Trump has had issues with in the past. Raddatz was a debate moderator who clearly had an agenda. He called out Stephanopoulos for donating to the Clinton foundation during a tense exchange earlier in the year.