CNN President Jeff Zucker is considering running for mayor of New York City, The New York Times reported Sunday.
“New York City is going to need a very strong mayor in the aftermath of this, and I always like a challenge,” Zucker told The Times.
The 55-year-old Zucker has served as CNN’s president since 2013 and previously led NBC in the late 2000s. The mayoral election will take place next year and incumbent Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is ineligible to run again due to term limits. (RELATED: NYC Reportedly Bans The Term ‘Illegal Immigrant,’ Will Now Refer To Illegal Immigrants As ‘Noncitizens’)
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During Zucker’s tenure, CNN has often clashed with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly referred to CNN and other establishment media outlets as “fake news,” and the “enemy of the people.” (RELATED: Trump Says He’d Delete His Twitter Account ‘In A Heartbeat’ If It Weren’t For ‘Fake News)
Zucker signed Trump to be the host of “The Apprentice” during his time at NBC, but their relationship has reportedly soured in recent years.
Former CNN media coordinator Nick Neville could be heard on tape discussing Zucker’s “personal vendetta” against the president in a video made public last year by Project Veritas. Neville later resigned from the network, nearly two months after the video was released.