CBN News’ chief political correspondent David Brody will interview President Donald Trump on Friday morning, and the veteran political reporter is hoping to “break some new ground” in his discussion with the commander-in-chief.
The exchange will be one of Trump’s first interviews with a major faith-based media company since officially taking office on Jan. 20.
“I hope that we’re able to … reveal a little bit more about Donald Trump and the way he thinks, and the way he comes to decisions — and possibly policy ground as well,” Brody told Faithwire in a phone interview on Thursday. “I do hope that we get some new insight into how his faith journey has evolved and what this experience has been like for him.”
Additionally, Brody said he’d like to learn how Trump will govern as a result of these experiences. The interview, which is scheduled to take place at the White House around 9 a.m., is the 10th time Brody has sat down with Trump since the 2016 campaign began, but the first time he will interview the president following his Jan. 20 inauguration.
More specifically, Brody said he’s hoping to speak with Trump about “some of the issues that are important to the millions of ‘deplorables’ that are all around the country” — people who he said are interested in hearing about a range of issues “from Supreme Court justices, to the issue of life, to temperament, to … refugees coming into this country.”
One of the challenges that any journalist faces when interviewing a U.S. president, Brody said, is to be sure not to double up on any questions that have already been asked by other reporters.
After all, Trump’s time is limited, so Brody has been playing close attention to the president’s past interviews to ensure he’s diving into new ground when the two chat on Friday. In the end, though, much of the interview process will likely involve feeling the conversation out to see where the discussion leads.
“We’ll want to get into some of the personal (as well) as it relates to the things of God, whether it means prayer life and what kind of journey he’s been on spiritually,” Brody said, reiterating that Trump’s faith will possibly be discussed.
Considering the number of times Brody has sat down with Trump, Faithwire asked if the president has any characteristics or attributes that might surprise the public, to which Brody cited “compassion.”
“He’s a lot more compassionate — has a much bigger heart than people give him credit for or that people see,” Brody said. “He’s reluctant to show it, because that may come across as potentially weak.”
He continued, “There’s no doubt the compassionate side of him is pretty large.”
Brody’s interview with Trump will air in full on Freeform at 11 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 29, and will also be shown on CBN’s “700 Club” on Monday.
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