Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel

Fox News's Brit Hume hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE on Monday after he criticized the network for hosting a town hall with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegGroup of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate MORE.

"Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBullock: Missing first debate not a 'blow to my campaign' Cotton: 'Healthy skepticism warranted' when dealing with Democrats on immigration Cotton: I hope Trump's statement 'got through' to Iran's leaders MORE, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president," Hume tweeted, quoting Trump's initial criticism.

"Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel."

Trump blasted the network Sunday night for "wasting airtime" by covering Buttigieg and other 2020 Democratic candidates.

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"Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him," the president tweeted, referring to Buttigieg and the Fox News host.

"They forgot the people who got them there. Chris Wallace said, 'I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance...fascinating biography.' Gee, he never speaks well of me - I like Mike Wallace better...and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!" Trump added, doubling down on his comparison of the mayor to Mad magazine character Alfred E. Neuman.

Buttigieg and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharJuan Williams: Warren on the rise Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-Minn.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (I-Vt.) have participated in events on Fox News despite the Democratic National Committee announcing in March that it would not allow Fox News to host any of its presidential primary debates this cycle because of its close ties to the White House.