President Trump Had an Oval Office Meeting With TMZ’s Founder

March 8, 2017, 12:53 PM UTC
Harvey Levin And Tara Reid At Launch Party For TMZ Video Slots In Las Vegas
TMZ Founder Harvey Levin attends the launch party for IGT's TMZ Video Slots at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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President Trump spent an hour last week in the Oval Office with TMZ head Harvey Levin, in a meeting that was left out of his public schedule.

Levin met with Trump the day after the President’s joint address to Congress, and was given a tour of the President’s official residence, The New York Times reports. Details of the meeting were first unearthed by

Levin is an influential figure in tabloid news and TMZ’s popularity is grounded in its reporting on celebrity gossip.

The President was previously interviewed by Levin for a Fox News special that aired last year.

“The show was a huge success, and the two were discussing future opportunities,” White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Times over email.