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Trump: I Didn't 'Make Decision' to Recommend AT&T Sell CNN

Trump: I Didn't  'Make Decision' to Recommend AT&T Sell CNN
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By    |   Saturday, 11 November 2017 04:33 PM

President Donald Trump on Saturday insisted he’s played no part in the Justice Department's negotiations with AT&T over its $85 billion bid for Time Warner — talks that reportedly involve asking AT&T to sell off CNN’s parent company.

“I didn’t make that decision,” Trump told reporters, The Washington Post reported. “It was made by a man who’s a very respected person, a very, very respected person.”

According to the Post, the president was likely referring to the Justice Department’s newly confirmed antitrust chief Makan Delrahim, who is overseeing the AT&T transaction — and who supported Trump in the campaign and served as a White House lawyer.

The AT&T deal raises anti-competition concerns, and has been told it’ll need to shed assets — perhaps either Turner Broadcasting, which is CNN’s parent, or DirecTV.

Considering Trump's frequent broadsides at CNN, including that it’s “fake news,” concerns were immediately raised about possible political inference.

“I did make a comment as to what I think,” Trump said, referring to campaign trail remarks, the Post reported. “I do feel you should have as many news outlets as you can — especially since so many are fake,” he added.

AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson said last Thursday he wouldn’t sell CNN to win antitrust approval and would fight the government in court if the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement.

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President Donald Trump on Saturday insisted he's played no part in the Justice Department's negotiations with AT&T over its $85 billion bid for Time Warner - talks that reportedly involve asking AT&T to sell off CNN's parent company."I didn't make that decision," Trump told...
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