All eyes turned to NBC News White House reporter Kristen Welker as she prepares to host the third and final presidential debate on Thursday.
Presidents Trump and Joe Biden will graduate from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., In a 90-minute debate beginning at 9 p.m.
Welker, 44, has been a White House reporter on NBC News since 2011, after working as a news reporter in Rhode Island.
But Trump supporters who have been troubled by the intense questioning of past moderators like Chris Wallace and Savannah Guthrie may find themselves pinning for quarrelsome hosts after Welker is done with the president.
Welker came from an established Democratic family ̵1; who poured money into the coffers of the party, and to Trump’s opponents, for many years.
His mother, Julie Welker, a prominent real estate broker in Philadelphia, and father, Harvey Welker, a consultant engineer, gave thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and close to $ 20,000 to Barack Obama alone.
There is also $ 3,300 for Joe Biden’s campaign in 2020 and $ 2,100 for the president’s doomed 2016 efforts against Trump and Hillary Clinton. Another $ 7,300 was contributed to the Democratic National Committee between 2004 and 2020.
In 2012, Welker and his family celebrated Christmas at the White House with the Obamas.
Although Kristen Welker’s party registration is not listed today, she was a registered Democrat in Washington, DC, in 2012 and in Rhode Island in 2004.
Throughout Welker’s tenure as a White House correspondent, he earned a reputation for an annoying questioning style.
“Sir. President, yes or no.… Have you ever worked for Russia. Yes or No?” he requested a confrontation in January 2019.
The treatment is similarly different in his handling of political Democrats.
In March 2016 Welker was beaten up on live television airing by Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri about at least one question she intended to ask him in a post-debate interview in Michigan. At the time Clinton was imprisoned in a fierce battle for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I’ll ask you about Flint,” Welker said of the well-known water crisis in the city of Michigan.
Welker deleted his Twitter account last week, heading for a more complete look at his past statements and views. It was later restored.
“Anyone who has ever approached Welker knows that he is an activist, not a reporter. The White House press team views him the same way they look at the AOC or Pelosi if they walk into office,” one old White House official in The Post.