Trump chides Fox News after Sanders town hall

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE on Tuesday chided Fox News for its town hall event with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE (I-Vt.), a 2020 presidential candidate, as well as its addition of former interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile.

"So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews," Trump tweeted. "Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the 'audience' was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?"

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Moderator Bret Baier replied a short time later, thanking the president for watching and inviting him on for an interview.

"Thanks for watching Mr. President - we’d love to have you on a town hall soon — or even an interview on @SpecialReport —it's been awhile. We cover all sides," Baier tweeted.

Sanders — whom Trump has derisively nicknamed "Crazy Bernie" — agreed to take part in a Tax Day town hall Monday evening in Pennsylvania on the network, moderated by Baier, the anchor of "Special Report," and "The Story" anchor Martha MacCallum.

The audience at one point erupted in cheers and applause when asked by Baier if they would support Sanders's "Medicare for All" proposal.

Trump's fondness for Fox News is well documented. He regularly tweets out quotes from guests on various Fox shows, is known to have a close relationship with host Sean Hannity, and his administration has hired multiple former network employees.

But the president has in recent weeks chastised the network for some of its programming and personnel decisions.

Trump last month tweeted his disapproval with the network's decision to take host Jeanine Pirro off the air for two weeks after she questioned whether Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar blasts Trump's comment about accepting foreign campaign dirt as 'un-American' Omar blasts Trump's comment about accepting foreign campaign dirt as 'un-American' Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data MORE (D-Minn.) was loyal to Sharia because she wears a hijab.

He lashed out the same day at a trio of Fox News anchors, suggesting they should work at competitor CNN instead after segments aired that included criticisms of the administration's policies.

Trump also clashed with Fox News during his own presidential campaign. He boycotted a network debate in January 2016 amid a feud with then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. He later skipped a Fox News debate in March 2016, questioning the need for so many events during the primary cycle.

In recent weeks, the network has featured multiple Democrats seeking the party's nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.

Fox told The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., that it reached out to various political and local groups to put together the audience for the Sanders event.

In March, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE announced that the network would be barred from hosting any of the party's primary debates. Democratic candidates are not precluded from appearing on Fox News for interviews or town halls, however, and several presidential hopefuls have gone on the network in an effort to appeal to a broader range of voters.

Other presidential candidates, including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Trump steadfast in denials as support for impeachment grows MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg wouldn't reverse US embassy move to Jerusalem: 'What's done is done' Buttigieg wouldn't reverse US embassy move to Jerusalem: 'What's done is done' Buttigieg: Iran situation 'disturbingly reminiscent' of lead-up to Iraq War MORE, have done interviews on Fox programs like "Special Report" and "Fox News Sunday."

Fox News announced last month that it had signed Brazile, a former CNN political analyst, as a contributor.

CNN severed ties with Brazile in October 2016 after she shared town hall debate questions with then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE's campaign.