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Donald Trump said on Saturday he would not approve the AT&T and Time Warner merger if elected president. “Deals like this destroy democracy,” said Trump during a rally in Gettysburg, Pa., where he discussed what he would do in the first 100 days of his presidency.
Trump also said he would like to break up the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger. He opened his speech claiming the election is “rigged” against him and expressed that members of the media “lie and fabricate stories to make a candidate they don’t like look as bad and dangerous as possible.”
The AT&T deal, which has been valued at $85 billion, has not been finalized and would be subject to regulatory approval. In 2015, Comcast was denied in its effort to buy Time Warner Cable.
Trump reiterated his plans to build an anti-immigration wall at the border, which Mexico would “reimburse.” In his “closing arguments,” he said that he would deport, without delay, immigrants imprisoned for violent crimes and revoke the visa rights for countries who refuse to take back their citizens.
He also added that he would pursue legal action against his sexual-assault accusers “after the election.”
Claimed Trump, “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign.”
Elsewhere on Sunday, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, said he shares Senator Al Franken’s concerns that the AT&T-Time Warner merger could lead to “higher costs, fewer choices and even worse service for customers.”
“Generally pro-competition. And less concentration, I think, is generally helpful. Especially in the media,” said Kaine on NBC’s Meet the Press. “But this has just been announced and I haven’t had a chance to dig into the details. But those are the kinds of questions that we need to be asking.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 23, 2016
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