After a flurry of reports suggested that Donald Trump‘s post-election plans—should they not involve moving into the White House—would focus on a media venture, Trump said in September the talk was nothing but a “false rumor.”
But with polls showing Trump trailing Hillary Clinton with just three weeks to go, the idea of a media venture may not be dead. The Financial Times reports Monday Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, “has informally approached one of the media industry’s top dealmakers about the prospect of setting up a Trump television network after the presidential election in November.”
The FT, citing sources, reports the talks were brief and have not progressed. “However, the approach suggests Mr Kushner and the Republican candidate himself are thinking about how to capitalise on the populist movement that has sprung up around their campaign in the event of an election defeat to Democrat Hillary Clinton next month.”
Much of the speculation over the summer focused on the people who had gathered around Trump, including former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, and Breitbart News co-founder Stephen Bannon as a team that could swiftly work to build a network that would serve the movement Trump’s campaign has built.