Fox News host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWolf Blitzer will host an evening newscast on CNN's streaming service Audie Cornish hired by CNN, will host show and podcast on streaming service The five biggest media stories of 2021 MORE, a former White House correspondent, praised White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Virginia's Youngkin gets the DeSantis treatment from media On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet MORE, calling her "one of the best press secretaries ever."
Wallace gave the compliment on Friday following an intense back-and-forth between his colleague, Peter Doocy, and Psaki regarding President BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE visiting the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Honestly, as somebody who’s spent six years in the White House, my immediate reaction was, 'Those are two people at the top of their game,'" Wallace said in a clip highlighted by Mediaite.
"I think that [Doocy] has become the Sam DonaldsonSamuel (Sam) Andrew DonaldsonChris Wallace labels Psaki 'one of the best press secretaries ever' MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace says she'll 'gladly' vote for Sanders Former colleague Brit Hume on Sam Donaldson's Bloomberg endorsement: 'Never thought I'd see this' MORE of this White House press corps ... and Jen Psaki, I think, is one of the best press secretaries ever," he added, referencing former ABC News Chief White House correspondent Sam Donaldson, who was known for his aggressive question of former President Reagan.
“I don’t know that anything was particularly accomplished, but they both gave and got pretty good,” Wallace added.
Wallace, who worked as chief White House correspondent for NBC News, added that the flattering comparison between Doocy and Donaldson was a "very grudging compliment," as he had been a White House correspondent at the same time as Donaldson.
Wallace's remarks appeared to catch the attention of former Trump White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerJudge blocks Spicer, Vought bid to return to Naval Academy board Chris Wallace labels Psaki 'one of the best press secretaries ever' John Legend, Chrissy Teigen troll Sean Spicer MORE, who shared a link to the Fox News host's comments.
Updated at 11:09 a.m.