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Trump praises Welker at debate after earlier criticism

Trump praises Welker at debate after earlier criticism
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE offered offhand praise of NBC News’s Kristen Welker during the final presidential debate Thursday, despite criticizing the moderator earlier in the day. 

As he accused former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE on Thursday night of wanting to ban fracking, Trump threw out a compliment to Welker, saying that he respected her handling of the debate. 

“By the way so far I respect very much the way you’re handling this, I have to say,” Trump said, before returning to his criticism of Biden.

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The president’s remarks came hours after he delivered a scathing attack on the media, criticizing Leslie Stahl, the anchor of CBS’s “60 Minutes,” and insisting that Welker “is far worse.”

Trump and his campaign have criticized Welker repeatedly over the past week. At a rally in Wisconsin last week, Trump complained to supporters that the NBC News White House correspondent is “extremely unfair.” Earlier this week, he accused her of being a “radical Democrat.”

Trump has leaned into his grievances against the media in recent days. He posted a video of a “60 Minutes” interview he sat for with Stahl on Thursday, saying the clip would expose the “bias, hatred and rudeness” of the longtime broadcast journalist.