What’s one way for a show to notch a debut week ratings win? Book the White House Chief of Staff and the President of the United States on separate nights.
Fox News’s Laura Ingraham will sit down with Pres. Trump tomorrow for an interview that will air Thursday night on her new prime time show, The Ingraham Angle.
The plan is for Ingraham and Trump to discuss tax reform, his upcoming trip to Asia and Tuesday’s terror attack in Lower Manhattan.
Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared on the debut episode of Ingraham’s program, which defeated The Last Word and CNN Tonight in the 10 p.m. ratings race, and he sparked controversy by stating that “a lack of ability to compromise” led to the Civil War.
The interview marks Trump’s 20th on a Fox News or Fox Business program since taking office in January. His interviews have primarily been with the networks’ opinion hosts, including Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy of Fox & Friends, Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, Tucker Carlson, and Lou Dobbs.
FNC’s hard news operation hasn’t been quite as lucky. Pres. Trump has yet to give an interview to Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, or to Special Report anchor Bret Baier since taking office.
Pres. Trump last appeared on a broadcast network May 11, when he was interviewed by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt two days after firing then-FBI Director Jim Comey.
He has not appeared on CBS since May 1 (John Dickerson), ABC since January (David Muir), or CNN and CNBC since August 2016.