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Trump: Disney-Fox Deal Could Be Great for Jobs

Called Murdoch to congratulate him, according to Sanders 12/14/2017 8:36 PM Eastern Last updated at 12/15/2017 5:12 AM

President Donald Trump called 21st Century Fox Executive chair Rupert Murdoch Thursday (Dec. 14), according to press secretary Sarah Sanders, to congratulate him on the deal to spin off most of its assets to Disney. Fox News Channel has emerged as the President's favorite, or at least least-unfavorite, news outlet.

At her daily press conference, Sanders was asked if the President had any thoughts about Disney's proposed purchase of 21st Century Fox. Trump, as a candidate, came out against the AT&T-Time Warner deal.

"I know that the President spoke with Rupert Murdoch earlier today, congratulated him on the deal, and thinks that -- to use one of the President's favorite words -- that this could be a great thing for jobs, and certainly looks forward to, and hoping to see a lot more of those created," Sanders said.

She was also asked for a reaction to the FCC's vote to roll back network neutrality regs, which came the same day Trump was celebrating his regulatory rollback agenda.

Sanders pointed out that the administration was on the record as supporting "the FCC's effort to roll back burdensome regulations."

But she also said that, as the sdministration has also always done, it supports a "free and fair" internet.

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