On August 1, one day after the abrupt exit of White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump dined using a communications whiz: Rupert Murdoch.
The two men had a private dinner at the White House, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the meeting.
Murdoch will be the patriarch of 21st Century Fox (, one of the earth’s most powerful media companies, in addition to News Corp, the owner of newspapers like the Wall Street Journal. He doubles as the CEO of Fox News. )
So any interaction between the two men will be intriguing, especially because the Journal’s editorial board has become increasingly critical of the president.
A White House spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment about the dinner. A Murdoch spokeswoman declined to comment.
In April, the completely new York Times identified Murdoch as one of Trump’s informal advisers in addition to said the two men speak by phone every week.
Around the same time, Gabriel Sherman of completely new York magazine reported which Trump was overheard on a hot mic telling Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo which “Rupert’s been a lot better to me than Roger ever was.”
CNNMoney has previously reported which the president has told associates which Murdoch treats him better than ex-Fox News chairman Roger Ailes did. The president “talks about how the coverage under Murdoch will be better than under Ailes,” a White House source said in April.
Ailes resigned amid a cloud of sexual harassment allegations in summer 2016, in addition to Murdoch took over as the CEO of Fox News.
CNNMoney (completely new York) First published August 13, 2017: 11:29 AM ET