Both of his predecessors came into action with more experience. While Velker was one of four questioners in the Democratic presidential debate last fall, this is the longest stage for a 44-year-old journalist so far. Trump and his supporters have already attacked him and tried to get him in the head.
Kalegi Sav Savannah Guthrie, well-received by the president last week (excluding Trump), presented a roadmap to Velker’s success, but the pressure may also be highlighted.
Her boss, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, said: “Kristen is a great reporter for NBC News and journalism. “She is fair, she is well prepared, she knows the issues well and she is going to do a good job.”
Philadelphia-based Jumpal Welker has been with NBC News since 2010, following local news in Redding, California, Providence, Rhode Island and his hometown. A former intern at Today Show, she now hosts the weekend edition of the program.
She is the first black man to lead a presidential debate since Carroll Simpson in 1992.
Earlier this month, Trump aide Jason Miller said Fox News That he holds Velker’s “very high opinion” and suggests that she would do a great job as moderator. Miller said he was “very neutral in his approach.”
Yet last week, the president tweeted that Velker had “always been horrible and unjust, like most fake reporters.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Trump has questioned why Velker disabled his Twitter account following a claim by Steve Scully of Sea-Span – a lie, he later admitted – that he had been hacked. The school had to conduct an earlier debate which was canceled.
NBC said the ban on Velker’s Twitter account was temporary and a security measure to prevent him from hiding anything he had previously tweeted.
Some of Trump’s supporters have also dug up evidence that Welker’s parents had recently participated in Democratic campaigns as a way to question his entertainment. No charges have been filed against the registered independent, Velker.
Welker needs to have “the best night of his career,” The Washington Post Media critic Margaret Sullivan wrote this week. He needs to establish control in a way that Wallace and Page never did.
Although Welker could not examine everything that was said in the debate, Sullivan said the NBC correspondence “could prevent the debate from escalating.”