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TRUMP MAY LAUNCH MEDIA NETWORK AFTER ELECTION

DONALD TRUMP

[10/17/16]   A new report is rekindling speculation about the prospect of “Trump TV.”

“Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has informally approached one of the media industry’s top dealmakers about the prospect of setting up a Trump television network after the presidential election in November,” the Financial Times reported Monday.

But nothing is imminent.

“These guys still think they have a chance,” a friend of Kushner’s said Monday.

Meaning: members of Trump’s inner circle believe Trump has a real shot at the presidency, despite polling data saying otherwise, so they are focused on the campaign, not a network launch.

That said, Kushner did have an informal conversation with LionTree founder Aryeh Bourkoff, who specializes in media and technology deals, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

The FT reported that the conversation took place weeks ago, and there hasn’t been any followup.

The news was met with mock surprise from people who have been predicting that Trump will try to channel his supporters’ passion into a profitable media enterprise after Election Day.

“Who could have possibly seen this one coming?” anti-Trump Republican Senator Ben Sasse tweeted.

Kushner and Bourkoff did not respond to requests for comment from CNNMoney. A Trump campaign spokeswoman declined to comment.

Last month Trump denied that he is seeking to launch a television network or streaming service if he loses the election.

“I have no interest in a media company. False rumor,” he told The Washington Post.

To outside observers, a “Trump TV” business is a logical next step for Trump if he loses.

Trump’s anti-media campaign could naturally turn into a marketing pitch like this: “The media rigged the election against us. That’s why we need our own channel.”

But it would also be very difficult to pull off.

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