GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump wrote to CNN president Jeff Zucker requesting that the profits made on next week’s GOP debate (airing on CNN) be donated to various veterans groups around the country.
In the letter sent to Zucker and released by the Trump campaign, the outspoken real estate mogul writes that the reported “4000% increase” in ad revenue rates is “due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump.’”
Later in the letter, Trump requests that CNN donate its funds to veterans’ charities and organizations around the United States as “a public service.”
“I had always felt that we have to be helping our veterans far more than we do,” the letter continues. "That is why my campaign is so focused on these great people who have done so much for us. This large contribution of many millions of dollars would be a truly wonderful thing for CNN to do."
“I believe that all profits from this broadcast should go to various VETERANS groups, a list of which I will send to you in the near future,” Trump writes. "The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by our government and its 'all talk and no action' politicians."
Just last month, Trump brought up this idea to a crowd in Nashville, Tennessee, NPR reports.
“Should I ask for charity, maybe a nice Nashville charity … maybe I should ask for a lot of money or I’m not showing up?” he said at the time. “I think I might ask for a lot of money for charity. But … is it a little hokie if I do that? Maybe it’s not nice? … Here’s the thing, if I don’t do it, CNN just makes a lot of money.”
CNN and Zucker have yet to respond to Trump’s comments. CNN media analyst Brian Stelter was the first employee from the cable news network to address Trump’s statement, tweeting that CNN has yet to answer, Mediaite reports.
Read Trump’s full letter here.