WASHINGTON (AP) — CBS News says “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan will sit down with President Donald Trump for an interview that will air before Sunday’s Super Bowl.
CBS says the interview will be taped Friday. Part of it will air during the regular “Face the Nation” broadcast Sunday morning, while the rest will be shown around 3:30 p.m. EST during CBS’ pregame coverage.
There was some concern that indeed President Trump would pass up the network’s invitation to sit down and do an interview with CBS. It was just last year that Trump declined to be interviewed by NBC when it aired the Super Bowl in 2018.
Instead, he sat down for a conversation with Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly for an interview that aired during the Fox Broadcasting Company’s pregame show before the 2017 Super Bowl.
The history of presidents being a part of the Super Bowl pregame shows it really not a long one. As a matter of fact, President George W. Bush began the custom of sitting for an interview with the network broadcasting the Super Bowl and President Obama continued that tradition.
President Obama like Bush, is an avid sports fans and gave interviews for all of the Super Bowls played during all eight years he was in the White House.
As for President Trump, he will be part of the Super Bowl pregame show Sunday on CBS and then on Tuesday, he will be centerstage over on Capitol Hill.
Earlier this week, he accepted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to deliver the State of the Union address on Feb. 5. The original scheduling was delayed due to the recent partial government shutdown.
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