President Trump Will Not Participate in Super Bowl Interview

Sources at NBC confirmed their interview request was turned down.

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US President Donald Trump gives his first State of the Union address to Congress and the country. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

President Trump has turned down the opportunity to participate in a Super Bowl Sunday interview this weekend. A White House official told CNN on condition of anonymity that Trump will not be doing the interview. Source at NBC also confirmed that their interview requests have been turned down. However, if Trump changes his mind, he has an open invitation. NBC is televising the Super Bowl on Sunday, which is traditionally the highest-rated even of the year by far. A pre-Super Bowl interview with the president has been occurring for the past decade. Last year, Fox televised the game, and Trump sat down with Bill O’Reilly at the White House. This year, Trump has repeatedly assailed NBC journalists and executives with “fake news” tweets. But NBC pitched the interview to him anyway, saying that the highly-rated pre-game show is a unique chance for the president, who pays close attention to TV ratings, to reach a big audience. However, Trump would likely have to answer questions about the ongoing Russia investigation.

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