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Trump says weekly calls on 'Fox & Friends' are returning; Fox says maybe not

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Trump says he is resuming his weekly visits to "Fox & Friends," the morning show that gave him a direct relationship with the Republican base before he ran for president.

New York (CNN Business)President Trump says he is resuming his weekly visits to "Fox & Friends," the morning show that gave him a direct relationship with the Republican base before he ran for president.

Fox News has not confirmed any plans for a weekly segment.

"We've agreed to do it once a week in the morning," Trump declared as he began a phone call with "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning.

Trump said he would call in "mostly on Monday, and if we have to, Tuesday," adding it would be "like the old days. "

So perhaps Trump's comments are best viewed as an offer -- a statement that he would like to call in and communicate directly with his base in the weeks leading up to the election.

"Monday Mornings with Trump" was a franchise that Roger Ailes introduced in 2011, back when the businessman was mostly in the news for his racist smear about Barack Obama's birthplace.

Ailes, the powerful head of Fox News at the time, liked the segments and viewed Trump as a ratings magnet, as I report in my book "Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth. "

"Hoax" makes the case that, for all the justified scrutiny of The Apprentice as a platform for Trump's eventual presidential run, "Fox & Friends" was even more powerful.

Through the weekly calls, Trump got to know Fox's priorities and the viewers who became his voters.

The weekly segment on Fox & Friends was tabled the day Trump entered the presidential race.

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