President Donald Trump bashed Fox News political analyst Juan Williams as “so pathetic” and “nasty” in a tweet shortly after a segment aired on the network.
The president tore into the Fox News Channel’s resident liberal in a tweet on Sunday just a short time after a “Fox News Sunday” panel re-aired at 2 pm ET with Williams making critical comments about him.
(Video: Fox News)
In a panel discussion which included former congressman Jason Chaffetz, Washington Post reporter Anne Gearan and former Chief of Staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell, Josh Holmes, Williams told guest host Dana Perino that Trump’s “brutish” approach to trade with China is a problem.
“It’s not just Democrats who say, ‘Hey, this guy is inartful.’ The Wall Street Journal” has said that — he then attacked The Wall Street Journal at a rally this week,” he said.
“But I think that what you see here is that Trump’s unpredictability, Dana, then risks global recession, and you can do that. I mean, clearly, unpredictability is something that really scares Wall Street, because it depresses the likelihood of capital investment, which is necessary for stock growth,” Williams added.
Last week, the president announced that he was delaying major new tariffs on China for three months following an increase on tariffs on Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent back in May.
Trump soon took to Twitter on Sunday and called out the co-host of Fox News’ “The Five” as “always nasty and wrong!”
“Juan Williams at @FoxNews is so pathetic, and yet when he met me in the Fox Building lobby, he couldn’t have been nicer as he asked me to take a picture of him and me for his family. Yet he is always nasty and wrong!” President Trump tweeted.
Juan Williams at @FoxNews is so pathetic, and yet when he met me in the Fox Building lobby, he couldn’t have been nicer as he asked me to take a picture of him and me for his family. Yet he is always nasty and wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2019
Later in the day, Trump also criticized Fox News over its recent polling, saying he doesn’t “believe” the polls.
“I don’t know what’s happening with Fox,” he said, speaking to reporters as he prepared to leave New Jersey on Sunday. “Fox has changed. My worst polls have always been from Fox.”
His comments about Williams were dismissed by the Fox News host who had not yet seen the tweet when The Hill contacted him.
While he noted that he was used to the president’ critical remarks about him, Williams told The Hill that Trump had apparently not understood what he had asked during their encounter. He clarified that he had asked Trump for the photo on behalf of a security guard at Fox News.
Williams, who is frequently vocal about his disagreements with the president’s actions and policies, joined Fox News in 2010 following being fired from NPR after saying during a segment on Fox News that he gets “nervous” when he sees “people who are in Muslim garb” on airplanes.
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