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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 TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster 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 BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump 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.