Donald Trump might say “You’re fired” to an apprentice proposing that profits be donated to charity. But when it comes to CNN, that’s his hope.
On Wednesday morning, the GOP presidential front-runner posted a letter to CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, calling on the cable network to donate revenues from its Sept. 16 Republican debate telecast to veterans groups.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2015
“I believe that all profits from this broadcast should go to various VETERANS groups, a list of which I will send to you in the near future,” Trump said.
“While I refuse to brag, and as you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest [in Fox debate telecast Aug. 6] and advertising is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump,'” Trump wrote.
CNN did not immediately comment.
In a recent Time magazine cover story, Trump said, “Here’s my question: So if I go to CNN and I say, Look, you’re going to have a massive audience, and if I say to them, I want $10 million for charity, nothing for myself, what happens? I’m not showing up, right?”
Trump suggested that he could say to CNN: “I’m not showing up unless you give $10 million to cancer, to this, to that. You pick 10 great charities, $1 million per.”
Not everyone was amused.
Go DT! Giving Donald Trump’s CNN letter the Donald Trump treatment http://t.co/gcJVKdtg8l
— Anais Beauxart (@ABeauxart) September 9, 2015
Trump to CNN: Your Profits Are “Due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump'” http://t.co/miEelP0bBW
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) September 9, 2015