Chuck Todd calls out GOP senator for promoting 'Fox News conspiracy'

Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddUS emergency room doctor dies after coronavirus symptoms Biden on quarantine timelines: 'Worst thing you can do is raise expectations and then watch them get dashed' White House coronavirus coordinator: All governors and mayors need to 'prepare like New York is preparing now' MORE, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," called out Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonRemembering Tom Coburn's quiet persistence Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner GOP seeks up to 0 billion to maximize financial help to airlines, other impacted industries MORE (R-Wis.) for responding to a question with a "Fox News conspiracy" during a heated interview on Sunday. 

"I have no idea why a Fox News conspiracy propaganda stuff is popping up on here. I have no idea. I have no idea why we're going here," Todd said. 

He then pushed the senator to "answer the question that I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you're not criticizing him."

"What made you wince? I’m asking a simple question about you clearly were upset that somehow there was an implication that military aid was being frozen because the president wanted an investigation. Why did you wince?" Todd asked.

"Because I didn't want those connected," Johnson responded. "I was supporting the aid."

Johnson said he asked the president about allegations that military aid was being withheld from Ukraine as Trump asked the country's leader to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims The Memo: Scale of economic crisis sends shudders through nation The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention MORE, a leading 2020 candidate. 

"He completely denied it. He adamantly denied it. He vehemently, angrily denied it. He said, 'I'd never do that,'" Johnson said. 

He continued to defend Trump by saying that "the press is horribly biased." 

"I understand that the way to avoid answering a question is to attack us in the press," Todd responded.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE weighed in on the contentious exchange in a tweet Sunday evening, blasting Todd for his line of questioning after not "getting the answers he was looking for in order to make me look as bad as possible."

Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry in the House over allegations that he solicited foreign interference to benefit him in the 2020 election. 

A partial memo of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump asking the foreign leader to investigate Biden. 

Trump has defended his actions as appropriate. Most Republicans have stood by Trump and defended his actions.