CNN will not give $5 million to charity to ensure Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump appears on the Republican debate set to air on the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet on December 15, the network's top executive said Thursday.
"No," said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, responding to a question about a demand from Trump that CNN donate $5 million to charity or face the chance the candidate might boycott the event. "We do not pay candidates to appear" on the network. Zucker made his comments at an event held by the Paley Center for Media, as part of a wide-ranging inteview with Ben Smith, editor in chief of digital outlet BuzzFeed.
CNN had previously declined to respond to the candidate's demand that CNN give $5 million to charities associated with U.S. military veterans.
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