President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE targeted Fox News late Tuesday while tweeting praise for its late chairman, Roger Ailes.
Trump swiped at the network in multiple tweets for having Donna BrazileDonna Lease BrazileObesity treatment can save thousands — if Medicare decides to fund it It's time to own our mistakes and look to the future in Afghanistan Biden allies say media missing the mark on Afghanistan MORE, a former Democratic National Committee chair, as a contributor.
“She gets fired by @CNN for giving Crooked Hillary the debate questions, and gets hired by @FoxNews. Where are you Roger Ailes?” Trump initially tweeted.
He was referring to an incident in 2016 when it was revealed that Brazile passed town hall topics to 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE's campaign. Brazile later called her decision a "mistake."
The president also retweeted multiple posts Tuesday night that were critical of the network for having Brazile as a contributor. Brazile joined Fox News as a contributor last year.
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Trump critics quickly pounced on the president's tweet about Ailes, noting that the former Fox chairman, who had been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, has been dead for three years.
“President Cognitive Ability inquires about the whereabouts of Roger Ailes,” conservative lawyer and vocal Trump critic George ConwayGeorge ConwayGeorge Conway: GOP blocking Jan. 6 commission 'more appalling' than both Trump acquittals Press: Get orange jumpsuit ready: extra large Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE tweeted, appearing to reference Trump’s frequent boasts about his mental faculties.
President Cognitive Ability inquires about the whereabouts of Roger Ailes. https://t.co/lDG1KiFG3g— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 30, 2020
Brazile also hit back, suggesting that Trump was not supporting U.S. troops in light of recent reports of Russia paying Taliban-linked groups to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan.
“Mr President, will you back our troops or stand with you pal Putin? Read my lips: Our country deserves better,” she tweeted.
Mr President, will you back our troops or stand with you pal Putin?— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) June 30, 2020
Read my lips: Our country deserves better. https://t.co/gyRWEkasGG
Trump later clarified: “I know better than anyone that my friend Roger Ailes died 3 years ago, just look at what happened to @FoxNews. We all miss Roger!!!”
I know better than anyone that my friend Roger Ailes died 3 years ago, just look at what happened to @FoxNews. We all miss Roger!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2020
Trump has generally seen favorable coverage on Fox News, though the president has recently knocked the network for conducting polls that showed him trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE.
"I'm not happy with Fox at all," Trump said in an interview earlier this month.
"My base hates what Fox News is doing," he said, asserting that the network "wants to be politically correct all of a sudden."