Trump says he “doesn’t believe” he forced Rupert Murdoch out

Donald Trump said he “doesn't believe” he “forced Rupert Murdoch to retire.”

The chairman of Fox Corp and News Corp announced in a memo to staff on Thursday that he is stepping down from his position at the helm of his right-wing empire and handing the reins to his son Lachlan.

“A lot of people are saying, ‘You made Rupert Murdoch retire!' I don't believe that's the case, but while we're at it, how about we get rid of “Democrat” Mitch McConnell, who gives the Radical Left Lunatics, along with his small band of automatic yes votes, EVERYTHING they want. There is zero Republican leadership in the United States Senate. MAGA!!!” Mr. Trump wrote to Truth Social on Friday morning.

Trump and Murdoch have endured something of a notorious love-hate relationship for years.

They were close allies during the 2016 presidential campaign, with the media mogul welcoming him to Fox News and helping propel his career from businessman to politician.

While initially hesitant about Mr. Trump's candidacy, Murdoch was thrilled to have a president he could call at any time.

In December 2017, about a year into the Trump presidency, The New York Times reported that Murdoch and Trump spoke about once a week.

“In the 44 years since he bought his first newspaper in the United States, he has largely failed to cultivate close ties with an American president. Until now,” the paper said, adding that Mr Trump at the time regarded Murdoch “as one of his closest confidantes”.

The two men dated for decades before Trump entered politics, as Murdoch was a power player in the New York tabloids.

“Trump was particularly interested in Rupert's property The publication, because Page six it's very important to his rising stature in New York and branding efforts,” said then-Trump adviser Roger Stone. The times in 2017.

However, the relationship soured during the 2020 election when the former president took issue with Fox News correctly calling Arizona for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

This week, a new book by Michael Wolff claimed that Murdoch despises Trump to such an extent that he wishes him dead.

Mr. Wolff, the author of Fire and Fury about one part of Trump's tumultuous tenure in the White House, writes that the 92-year-old Murdoch has become a “foaming at the mouth” rival of Mr. Trump, 77.

Thoughts shared by Mr Murdoch include “This would all be solved if…” as well as “How could he still be alive, how could he?” according to Mr. Wolf. The book is due out on Tuesday and an advance copy was received The guardian.

After Mr Trump descended the Trump Tower escalator and entered US politics in the summer of 2015, he forged a mutually beneficial relationship with Fox News, which was not without its ups and downs. More recently, Mr. Trump has taken aim at Fox on Truth Social for allegedly failing to report polls that show him in a positive light.

Hours before Mr Murdoch's announcement, Mr Trump tweeted: “Why won't Fox (Fox & Friends!) show the National Poll they just did. They refuse to put it in, even after spending all that money. SHOW THE POLL!!! If they don't show it, I'll put it up later!'

Mr Wolff writes that in early 2023, what Murdoch “definitely did not want … was Trump”.

“Of all Trump's implacable foes, Murdoch was foaming at the mouth. His relatively calm demeanor from Trump's early presidency, where, with a sigh, he could simply dismiss him as an ‘idiot' had now become a shocking stew of rage and counter-complaints,” he adds. “Trump's death became a Murdoch issue: ‘Would we all be better off…?' “All of this would be solved if…” “How could he still be alive, how could he?” Have you seen him? Have you seen what it looks like? What is he eating;”

Mr. Wolff writes that after Mr. Trump left the White House, Mr. Murdoch “like much of the Republican establishment … had convinced himself that Trump was, after all, vulnerable. That his hold on the base and Republican politicians had weakened enough that now was the time to finally kill him.”

After the 2020 election, Mr. Murdoch said Mr. Trump “grew crazier and crazier” amid his lies that the election had been stolen, according to legal filings in Dominion Voting Systems' defamation suit against Fox.

Earlier this year, Trump accused Murdoch of trying to sabotage his campaign through his media.

“Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are arguing with me because Murdoch is a globalist,” Trump said in a video shared on Truth Social last month. “And I am America first. It's very simple and it will always be like that, so get used to it.”