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Donald Trump Denies Ordering DOJ to Stop AT&T and Time Warner Deal Unless They Sell CNN

Donald Trump Denies Ordering DOJ to Stop AT&T and Time Warner Deal Unless They Sell CNN
From Gizmodo - November 11, 2017

President Donald Trump denied on Saturday reports that he had ordered the Department of Justice to halt the $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner unless the combined company sells off Turner Broadcasting, a group of cable channels which includes Trumps hated arch-enemy CNN.

Per Recode, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he didnt make that decisionit was made by a man whos a very respected person, a very, very respected person.

The official the president referred to was DOJ anti-trust chief Makan Delrahim, a Trump appointee who has threatened to block the deal in court unless AT&T sells off either Turner Broadcasting or its DirecTV servicethe latter option impossible as it would undermine the entire basis of the merger. As the New York Times noted, Delrahim insists any decision would be made on the basis of protecting competition in the market rather than politics, though the intervention is a surprise given his more free-market-oriented Republican views.

Also, as Recode noted, in his comments on Saturday Trump also referred to his opposition to the merger on the campaign trail: I did make a comment as to what I think ... I do feel you should have as many news outlets as you canespecially since so many are fake.

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