Where is the interview with President Donald Trump during Super Bowl LII? It’s a question that we can see some people out there asking leading up to the big game.
After all, over the course of the past several years it’s become a pseudo-tradition for Presidents to do some sort of interview with the network hosting the big game; it also makes some sense given that this is one of the largest audiences that they are going to be speaking to all year long. It’s a chance to react to some of the reaction to their State of the Union, and also to show a lighter side since there’s inevitably going to be a question or two about the big game. (We know that Trump in particular has a history with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and there has been controversy in the past regarding Tom Brady’s feelings towards him.)
Ultimately, Trump has opted to not do an interview this year; while there is no specific reason given for this, all signs point towards the game being broadcast on NBC. The President has made his opinions clear on the media, and beyond that he’s had a particularly negative history with NBC stemming from when they cut ties with him and the Miss USA Pageant. (Last year, Trump did an interview when the game was on Fox with Bill O’Reilly — isn’t it shocking how O’Reilly was still employed a year ago? At this point it feels like a decade ago given how much has transpired in the news since then.)
We’ll see if this is a tradition that picks back up in the future, but personally we won’t miss it. The tradition made more sense when there wasn’t so much access to politics elsewhere. Now, we don’t actually think that this is needed and we kind of like the Super Bowl as an escape from all of the chaos of the outside world. There are plenty of other venues for politics, after all.
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