“We do not pay candidate to appear at debates,” Zucker said at a breakfast event on Thursday in New York City.
The network chief also defended CNN’s coverage of the real estate mogul, which TheWrap reported his own staff finds obsessive.
“I don’t think it’s our role to take a point of view,” Zucker said to BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith.
“It’s our role to report what he does. It’s not our role to build up a campaign or take down a campaign. It’s our role to be skeptical.”
When Smith said Trump’s running a “demagogic” campaign, Zucker responded, “that’s your opinion.”