Fox News host Bret Baier called out President Trump on Monday because of his continued criticism of the network’s polling. Baier rejected the notion that the results indicated that something had “changed” at the network.
The comments from Baier came just one day after Trump lashed out at Fox News over a new poll showing him losing to four Democratic presidential candidates in hypothetical 2020 match-ups.
“I don’t know what’s happening with Fox,” Trump said Sunday. He then asserted that the network favored by conservatives had “changed.”
“OK, well, Fox has not changed,” Baier said on Fox News’s “Special Report,” noting that the network’s news branch conducts polls and that the result of the latest survey “matches what we are seeing out there.”
Baier then seemed to send a direct invite to the president to appear on his daily news program, saying that Trump had agreed to interviews with ABC and NBC earlier this year.
“Mr. President, we’ve invited you on ‘Special Report’ many times. We’d love to have you back on. You’ve talked to George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd. Come on back,” he said, adding that he and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace cover the news “fair, balanced and unafraid.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized the news media during his years in the White House. He often refers to it as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people,” but he mainly reserved praise for Fox News until recently.
In July, he took aim at the network after it released a poll showing him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2020 match-up.
“Fox News is at it again,” he tweeted. “So different from what they used to be.”
The president reiterated that criticism just days after a new survey from Fox showed him losing to Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
“Fox has changed. My worst polls have always been from Fox,” he said.
Trump has also went after multiple network personalities recently. He claimed earlier this month that watching “fake news CNN” was better than watching anchor Shepard Smith.
And on Sunday, he lashed out at Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, saying the commentator was “nasty.”
Baier pushed back, tweeting Monday night that Williams was a “solid guy” and “good friend.”
Credit: The Hill