Fox News’ Juan Williams offers own version of Trump’s photo request story

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Fox News’ Juan Williams clarified that his criticism of President Trump was not a “personal attack” and explained his version of the story about a photo he took with him.

The co-host of “The Five” responded to the president’s tweet from Sunday referring to him as “so pathetic” and “always nasty” during an interview with colleague Guy Benson on “The Guy Benson Show” Monday.

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Williams defended comments he had made on Trump’s effect on the economy while part of a panel on “Fox News Sunday,” saying they were not meant as a “personal attack on the president” while admitting he expected the attack as “coming with the territory.”

“The rain will hit me, but I’m not going to melt,” Williams told Benson while admitting the personal attack did affect him.

Trump tore into the Fox News political analyst and resident liberal in a tweet shortly after a segment aired on the network in which Williams noted “Trump’s unpredictability” and “brutish” approach to trade with China are a problem.

The president slammed Williams in a tweet, recalling how “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!”

Williams, who is frequently vocal about his disagreements with the president’s actions and policies, addressed the incident Trump referred to, asserting that he was not the one who actually asked for the photo of then-candidate Trump at the Fox News building.

He recounted how Trump came over to speak with Williams and his colleague Ed Henry just before a Fox News building maintenance man asked if it would be okay to ask for a photo. Williams explained that he asked Trump and, once he agreed, the photo was taken.

“And then the maintenance man says ‘do you want a picture?’ I’m, like, ‘okay.’ And then here comes Ed Henry. That’s what happened,” Williams told Benson Monday.

“There’s nothing about a request for my family, and I didn’t ask for a picture for myself. This all started because the maintenance man asked… I didn’t ask for the picture!” he added as Benson noted that it would have been okay even if he did ask for the photo.

“There’s nothing illegitimate or wrong if I did ask for the picture,” Williams agreed.

Williams’ Fox News colleagues came to his defense after Trump’s tweet on Sunday, calling him “one of the nicest guys” they knew.

Williams and Benson also discussed the president’s criticism of Fox News Channel.

“Fox has changed, and my worst polls have always been from Fox,” Trump told reporters. “There’s something going on at Fox, I’ll tell you right now. And I’m not happy with it.”

Williams praised the “variety” of views on the network as “good journalism.”

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