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Trump says he has no interest in launching Trump TV

 (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Tamping down speculation about what he will do if he loses the election, Donald Trump said Tuesday he has no intention of starting a media empire.

“I have no interest in Trump TV,” Trump told an Ohio radio host. “I hear it all over the place, and you know, I have a tremendous fan base. … But I just don’t have any interest in that. I have one interest, and that’s on Nov. 8.”

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Trump was interested in starting his own television network or taking over an existing one. They intensified last week when the Financial Times reported that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had spoken about the matter with Aryeh Bourkoff, chief executive of LionTree, an investment bank that has advised on media deals in the past.

On Monday night, the campaign rolled out the first installment of “Trump Tower Live,” a nightly online broadcast from his campaign’s war room that was viewed as a possible dry-run for a Trump television show.

In the radio interview, Trump added that he was focused on voters who were already casting ballots, and he is doing well in Florida, Iowa, Ohio and elsewhere.

“We’re leading in states that we really have to win,” Trump said. “So no, I have no interest in -- beyond that. I have interest in making America great again.”

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