CNN plans primetime town hall with Donald Trump

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Despite a contentious relationship with him, CNN has announced it will air a primetime town hall with Donald Trump.

The special will air as part of the “CNN Primetime” banner at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

It will air live from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and be hosted by “CNN This Morning” anchor and former White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins.

“CNN has a longstanding tradition of hosting leading presidential candidates for town halls and political events as a critical component of the network’s robust campaign coverage. This event with … Trump will be the first of many for CNN in the coming months as CNN correspondents travel across the country to hear directly from voters in the runup to the 2024 presidential election,” the network said in a statement.

Plans call for Trump to take questions from both Collins and audience members, who will be New Hampshire Republican and undeclared voters who say they intend to vote in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

Trump has frequently labeled CNN as “fake news” and make false, inaccurate, inflammatory and misleading statements about its staff, programming and reporting, despite the fact he is consistently peddling lies and half-truths about the 2020 election and Capitol insurrection.

Trump is also known for erratic behavior, including with his relationships with the media, so there could be some concern that he could back out of the event, especially given that it’s been announced nearly 10 days in advance.

That said, there is no indication that he intended to pull out of the event.