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Here's Why NBC's 'Nightly News' Might Relocate to Clinton's Campaign Headquarters for a Night


"He couldn't make it 5 blocks down 5th Ave. to 30 Rock?"

On the same night Donald Trump became the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, NBC's "Nightly News" temporarily relocated its broadcast to the lavish lobby on the billionaire businessman's famous Trump Tower in New York City.

In the first part of Wednesday's "Nightly News" program, anchor Lester Holt conducted an interview with Trump in his 26th-floor executive office. Following the sit-down, Holt hosted the remainder of the primetime show from the building's gold-clad lobby.

The fact that Holt interviewed Trump in his extravagant office was not the problem. It is fairly common practice to interview a candidate from his or her home or office. But the fact that NBC relocated its entire operation to the presumptive GOP nominee's building, which has also served as his campaign headquarters, is nearly unheard of.

So, in the name of fairness, NBC will extend the same offer of hosting "Nightly News" from the home or headquarters of the eventual Democratic nominee, a network spokesperson told the New York Times. At the present time, it appears Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will be that nominee.

Judd Legum, editor of liberal publication ThinkProgress, wondered how the NBC team justified the decision to host its flagship program from Trump Tower.

During his interview with Trump, Holt asked Trump about a range of topics, including where he stands on his earlier proposal to block Muslim immigrants temporarily and his plan to remove illegal immigrants, both of which Trump said he remains committed to.

Holt also asked Trump if he would run a fair campaign against Clinton, should she earn the Democratic nomination this summer.

"If they treat me properly, I’m going to treat them properly," he replied. "It would be a beautiful thing to see."

NBC's decision to host the entire broadcast from the Trump Tower comes the same evening Fox News anchor Chris Wallace suggested the media has spent "too much" time on Trump because "it spiked the ratings."

"Nightly News" was not the New York real estate mogul's only interview. After calling in to four programs Wednesday morning, Trump sat down with CNN host Wolf Blitzer and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

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