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X to broadcast live interviews with Trump and Kennedy Jr

  • June 1, 2024
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The social network

These two events will take the form of a filmed interview during which moderators will relay questions from X users to the guest, said a spokesperson for the social network. The dates and identity of the moderators have not yet been revealed.

Asked by AFP for more details, NewsNation did not immediately respond.

According to the spokesperson, the general manager of X, Linda Yaccarino, submitted the idea to Nexstar, television group and parent company of NewsNation. “a new format that would bring people closer to the candidates and allow them to ask questions”.

“This is going to be interesting.”wrote Elon Musk, majority shareholder of X, on the platform, in a message including a link to an article on the interview with Donald Trump.

Since taking control of the social network, the entrepreneur has sought to make the platform a place to distribute exclusive video content, likely to increase traffic.

Excluded from the Fox News channel, ultra-conservative star presenter Tucker Carlson took up residence on X last year, before creating his own streaming service.

In May 2023, Elon Musk himself also conducted a live interview, broadcast on X, with the candidate for the Republican nomination and governor of Florida Ron DeSantis.

The billionaire met Donald Trump on several occasions and, according to the Wall Street Journal, discussed with the former head of state a possible role as advisor to the presidency in the event of the real estate developer’s election.

Elon Musk, on the other hand, very regularly criticizes American President Joe Biden, in particular regarding his migration policy.

According to the Wall Street Journal, X and NewsNation wanted to organize a debate between presidential candidates and had also invited Joe Biden, but the latter declined.

Two debates between the current and former heads of state have already been scheduled, the first on CNN on June 27 and the second on September 10 on ABC.