5 Times David Pecker and The Enquirer Defended or Championed Trump

Supported by Politics 5 Times David Pecker and The Enquirer Defended or Championed Trump Photo The National Enquirer, which is owned by David J. Pecker, has long protected President Trump, including in an edition this month. President Trump and his old friend David J. Pecker, whose company owns The National Enquirer, have long had a mutually beneficial relationship. Now that Mr. Trump is president, Mr. Pecker has showcased his access to him, including when he recently sought to do business with people in Saudi Arabia.
Here are five times that Mr. Pecker and his company, American Media Inc., protected, defended or championed Mr. Trump.
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Wooing Saudi Business, Tabloid Mogul Had a Powerful Friend: Trump

Wooing Saudi Business, Tabloid Mogul Had a Powerful Friend: Trump Photo Donald J. Trump with his friend David J. Pecker, a tabloid publisher, in 2010. A dinner at the White House helped Mr. Pecker showcase his connections as he sought business with Saudi Arabia. In July, David J. Pecker, the chairman of the company that owns The National Enquirer, visited his old friend President Trump at the White House.
The tabloid publisher took along a special guest, Kacy Grine, a French businessman who advises one of Saudi Arabia’s richest men and sometimes acts as an intermediary between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Western businesses.
The two men and other Pecker associates chatted with the president in the Oval Office and briefly met with Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East envoy, Jared Kushner. Before moving on to dinner with the group, the president had a photographer snap pictures of the guests standing with him behind his desk.
Mr. Pecker has long used his media empire to p..