Trump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News after interview with Democratic senator

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE on Tuesday lashed out at Fox News for having Democrats on air, predicting it would mark "the beginning of the end" for the network.

The president bemoaned that Fox was "trying to be so politically correct" by having Democrats on air following an appearance on "America's Newsroom" from Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign MORE (D-Md.).

"So, what the hell has happened to @FoxNews. Only I know!" Trump tweeted, turning his scorn to two news anchors who have challenged favorable commentary on the president.


"Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallacePresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Steyer: 'I do for sure' have to finish in top three in South Carolina Pence chief of staff: 'There's not intelligence' saying Russia wants Trump reelected MORE and others should be on Fake News CNN or MSDNC," he continued. "How’s Shep Smith doing? Watch, this will be the beginning of the end for Fox, just like the other two which are dying in the ratings. Social Media is great!"

The president's complaint about Van Hollen's appearance comes as his impeachment trial is set to enter its seventh day in the Senate. Democratic senators have pushed for additional witnesses, including former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonSchumer on Trump intel shakeup: 'Disgrace,' 'closer to a banana republic' Trump directly sought to block publication of Bolton's book: WaPo 'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' MORE, to testify.

Trump has frequently belittled Fox News when news anchors deliver unfavorable analysis or when Democrats are featured prominently on air. He has in the past targeted Smith, who left the network last year, Wallace and former Democratic National Committee (DNC) leader Donna Brazille, who is a contributor for the network.

Yet Fox News remains his preferred network in many ways. He sat for an interviews earlier this month with Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamFox News prime-time lineup delivers highest ratings in 24-year history Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' Trump holds White House 'celebration' for impeachment acquittal MORE and Fox Business Network host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoDoug Collins not interested in national intelligence role despite Trump interest Kudlow: New tax cuts will 'probably come out sometime in September' Bannon says Democrats won't stop effort to impeach Trump MORE and spoke with the network last week at the March for Life. He regularly tweets out quotes from Fox News guests and cites commentary from opinion hosts like Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityFox News prime-time lineup delivers highest ratings in 24-year history O'Reilly weighs in on Warren-Bloomberg exchange on nondisclosure agreements The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine MORE and Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence Top Republicans back Barr amid criticism over controversial DOJ decisions Barr back on the hot seat MORE.

Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House correspondent who tracks data about the presidency, noted Trump has given 70 interviews to Fox since taking office, compared to five for the next closest major network.