CNN President Jeff Zucker reportedly offered Donald Trump a weekly show during the 2016 presidential election.
On Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson released audio recordings between Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and Zucker before the final night of the presidential debate hosted by CNN in March 2016.
According to Carlson, Zucker claimed that "you cannot be elected president of the United States without CNN. Fox and MSNBC are irrelevant."
He also said that Trump "badly needed CNN" to win the election against Hillary Clinton.
Cohen reportedly told Zucker to email Trump that information.
"I’m very conscious of not putting too much in email, as you’re a lawyer, as you understand," Zucker said in the recording.
"And, you know, and as fond as I am of the boss, he also has a tendency, like, you know, if I call him or I email him, he then is capable of going out at his next rally and saying that we just talked and I can’t have that if you know what I’m saying."
Zucker also told Cohen that while it wasn't personal, he had to be "careful," Carlson said.
"I have all these proposals for him," the network president added. "Like, I want to do a weekly show with and all this stuff. Is he back in New York tomorrow, do you know?"
Fox reported that Zucker and Cohen have long been friends, having their children in the same private school and Cohen serving on the school board with Zucker's ex-wife.
During the same call from 2016, Zucker passed along political advice to Cohen as Senator Marco Rubio was expected to call Trump a "conman" during the debate.
"Whoever’s around him today should just be calling him a conman all day, so that he’s used to it, so that when he hears it from Rubio, it doesn’t matter," Zucker is heard saying in the recording.
"'Hey conman. Hey conman. Hey conman.' He thinks that’s his name, you know?"
At the end of the segment, Carlson claimed CNN's Chris Cuomo "coached" an interviewee before the interview and revealed he would release more tapes Wednesday night.
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