President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE on Sunday hit Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE for his coverage of the phone call between Trump and Ukraine's president that is at the center of the House's impeachment inquiry.
"Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one," Trump tweeted.
"It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad!" he added.
Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019
House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry after details of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky became public.
Trump has defended the call as "perfect" and sought to frame the impeachment inquiry as a political move orchestrated by Democrats, including House Intelligence Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks MORE (D-Calif.).
Wallace has said that the call and the intelligence community whistleblower complaint that brought attention to it show Trump pressing Zelensky.
Trump has in recent months ramped up attacks against several Fox News anchors, including Wallace, Ed Henry and Shepard Smith, who left the network this week.
Sunday was not the first time that Trump has criticized Wallace by invoking his father, veteran broadcaster Mike Wallace.
In May, Trump chastised Chris Wallace and Fox for giving airtime to Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE, tweeting, "I like Mike Wallace better."
A spokesperson for Fox News did not directly comment on Trump's latest attack on Wallace, but pointed to a recent panel where the anchor responded to Trump saying he likes Mike Wallace better.
“To which my reaction is always: One of us has a daddy problem, and it’s not me," Chris Wallace said.