Fox's Hume slams Trump for 'ridiculous tweet': 'Bragging, endlessly repeating himself'

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE for a Thursday tweet boasting about the ratings of White House coronavirus task force briefings.

“This is a ridiculous tweet. He could get his views across without bragging, endlessly repeating himself, and getting into petty squabbles with the junior varsity players in the WH press corps. And he could stop talking much sooner to give Pence, Fauci, Birx and Giroir more time," Hume tweeted to his 1.1 million followers.

Hume was referring to Vice President Pence, coronavirus task force coordinators Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries Don't move the COVID-19 goalpost Overnight Health Care: Sewage testing gives clues of coronavirus | White House says Trump would take hydroxychloroquine again | Trump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K virus deaths MORE and Deborah Birx, and Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir. 

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Trump earlier had tweeted his annoyance that The Wall Street Journal did not mention ratings for his briefings.

"The Wall Street Journal always “forgets” to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are “through the roof” (Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, according to @nytimes), & is only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across," Trump tweeted. "WSJ is Fake News!"

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Hume, a former ABC White House correspondent, took exception to the president for continuing to get "into petty squabbles" with the press.

The White House coronavirus task force briefings are drawing an average of 8.5 million viewers as most Americans continue to be stuck at home.

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board ripped the daily task force briefings on Thursday, describing them as "Trump’s Wasted Briefings" and saying they "more about the many feuds of Donald J. Trump."

"Sometime in the last three weeks Mr. Trump seems to have concluded that the briefings could be a showcase for him. Perhaps they substitute in his mind for the campaign rallies he can no longer hold because of the risks," the board writes. "Perhaps he resented the media adulation that New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo enlists celebrities Chris Rock, Rosie Perez to encourage New Yorkers to get tested, wear masks Cuomo on George Floyd's death: 'How many times do we have to learn the same lesson?' Cuomo to sign executive order allowing businesses to deny entry to customers without masks MORE has been receiving for his daily show. Whatever the reason, the briefings are now all about the President."

"They last for 90 minutes or more, and Mr. Trump dominates the stage," it adds. "His first-rate health experts have become supporting actors, and sometimes barely that, ushered on stage to answer a technical question or two."