The administration said the entire White House staff would not attend the event next month, in solidarity with the president, who had already said he would not attend.
More than four million people tuned in to watch Ms. Maddow unveil a portion of President Trump’s 2005 tax returns, in a tantalizingly slow manner.
President Trump met for an hour with Harvey Levin, the tabloid emperor, in a session that was not listed on the president’s public schedule.
Jeffrey A. Zucker, the president of CNN, said a public opinion survey he commissioned showed ‘no diminution whatsoever’ in what people think of CNN.
His press briefings, carried live by the cable news networks, are pulling in an average of 4.3 million, with some viewership rising about 10 percent.