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

Fox News's Brit Hume hit back at President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE on Monday after he criticized the network for hosting a town hall with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock MORE.

"Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace on Colin Powell: He was 'very protective' of his reputation Liz Cheney is the Margaret Chase Smith of our time Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year 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 KlobucharThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Biden holds meetings to resurrect his spending plan Senate Democrats ask for details on threats against election workers On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE (D-Minn.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Progressives see budget deal getting close after Biden meeting 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.