Late-night host Jimmy Fallon hit back at a critical tweet from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE, questioning why Trump was taking the time to go after him on Twitter.

“When I saw that Trump insulted me on Twitter, I was gonna tweet back immediately, but I thought, ‘I have more important things to do,’ ” Fallon said on "The Tonight Show" Monday. “Then I thought, ‘Wait — shouldn’t he have more important things to do? He’s the president! What are you doing? Why are you tweeting at me?' ”

Fallon also disputed a claim in Trump's tweet that the host called the president.


“First of all, I’ve never called this human in my life. I don’t have his number, I don’t want his number,” Fallon said. “And monster ratings? ... I’ve never said ‘monster ratings.’ I don’t know what he’s talking about.”

The host noted that the ratings for his show have actually fallen since Trump appeared on the program two years ago.

“By the way, Donald. I don’t know if you’ve seen my ratings the past two years — you didn’t help my ratings,” Fallon said. “But really, thanks a lot. Thanks for nothing.” 

Trump went after Fallon in a tweet on Sunday, hitting the host for comments he made in a recent interview about his on-air interview with the president.

Fallon responded by saying he was donating to the immigrant advocacy organization Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in Trump’s name.





The late-night host during his latest show also took a swipe at first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE’s “Be Best” anti-bullying campaign.

“So Melania, if you're watching, I don't think your anti-bullying campaign is working,” he joked.