President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE on Thursday renewed his attacks against Fox News over its coverage of the impeachment inquiry, taking issue with the network's decision to interview Democratic Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation MORE (Calif.) about the process.
Trump singled out Fox News host Shannon BreamShannon BreamSen. Capito optimistic that 'real compromise' can be reached in infrastructure plan Buttigieg defends Biden's 'responsible' budget plan amid bipartisan criticism Fox News anchor Shannon Bream's book tops NY Times bestseller list MORE, asking why she would "waste airtime" by featuring a failed presidential candidate, referencing Swalwell's short-lived 2020 campaign.
"Fox should stay with the people that got them there, not losers!" he said.
Why do @ShannonBream & @FoxNews waste airtime on Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell, who recently left the Presidential Primaries having attained a grand number of ZERO in the polls. I don’t even know how that is possible. Fox should stay with the people that got them there, not losers!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019
Beam interviewed Swalwell, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, following a day in which the panel heard testimony from three administration officials about the president's dealings with Ukraine.
The House impeachment inquiry has centered around allegations that the president pressured Ukraine to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE and his son Hunter Biden over unfounded allegations of corruption. House Democrats are also probing whether Trump tied military aid to Ukraine publicly announcing the investigations.
While speaking on Fox News, Swalwell adamantly pushed back against Republicans' argument that a quid pro quo didn't take place because Ukraine eventually received the security aid.
"The president got caught. The only reason the aid was released was because the whistleblower came forward," Swalwell said, referencing a government whistleblower complaint that led to the launch of the impeachment inquiry.
Swalwell also emphasized new statements from Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia and Ukraine, who testified that her staff received questions from the Ukraine Embassy about "security assistance" on July 25. That is the same day Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call to open investigations.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed allegations of wrongdoing, often characterizing officials testifying in the impeachment inquiry as "Never Trumpers." In a separate tweet early Thursday morning, he claimed the "fake" and "corrupt" news media weren't covering the impeachment hearings fairly.
The Republican Party, and me, had a GREAT day yesterday with respect to the phony Impeachment Hoax, & yet, when I got home to the White House & checked out the news coverage on much of television, you would have no idea they were reporting on the same event. FAKE & CORRUPT NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019
While Trump has enjoyed a cordial relationship with many of Fox News's opinion hosts, he's also shown a willingness to target some of its news anchors. Earlier this week, he blasted "Fox News Sunday" host 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 as "nasty" and "obnoxious" over an interview in which he persistently grilled House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOSHA faces big challenge with Biden vaccine mandate Overnight Health Care — Nicki Minaj stokes uproar over vaccines Republicans ask FDA for details on any White House pressure on boosters MORE (R-La.) about the implications of the impeachment inquiry.
Trump claimed that the "dumb and unfair interview would never have happened" in the past, prompting a rebuttal from Wallace's colleague Neil Cavuto.
"The best we can do as journalists is be fair to all, including you, Mr. President," Cavuto said on Fox News on Monday. "That’s not fake doing that. What is fake is not doing that. What is fake is saying Fox never used to do that. Mr. President, we have always done that."