Get ready to see slightly more of Jake Tapper, CNN watchers. CNN has given the host a new, limited primetime run during which he’s expected to analyze President Trump’s first 100 days in office.
Normally anchoring The Lead at 4 p.m. on weekdays and State of the Union on Sundays, Tapper will bring an extra hour of The Lead to a 9 p.m. time slot starting next Monday, April 24. According to Variety and THR, a source familiar with CNN says Tapper will indeed focus the special reports on the Trump administration. He’s also said to be sticking with his 4 p.m. anchor slot (as well hosting his Sunday show) during this time.
These 9 p.m. reports will pit Tapper against both Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. In his current afternoon time slot, the anchor’s ratings beat MSNBC but still don’t surpass Fox’s The Five. In the past, this primetime slot has typically gone to network mainstay Anderson Cooper, as well as to a number of specials hosted by Van Jones.
Since Trump’s election, Tapper has gained more notoriety for his unflinching rebuttals to claims made by the current president’s administration. In perhaps the best example of this, you can check out one of Tapper’s most well-known interviews with Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway below.