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Fox News’ Harris Faulkner called out a fellow panelist during a testy moment when discussing President Donald Trump’s surprise news conference.
The “Outnumbered” co-host scolded Marie Harf in an exchange following the airing of Trump’s brief remarks from the White House on Tuesday. Faulkner told Harf to “take a seat” after she criticized the president for refusing to answer a barrage of questions from reporters who covered the short briefing.
Harf accused Trump of “hiding in the basement” after “Outnumbered” carried the live remarks on Tuesday.
The president, who was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, spoke for just under one minute on the stock market and the coronavirus vaccine before he thanked everyone and left the briefing room. Reporters shouted questions after him to no avail.
(Source: Fox News)
“You know, Marie, when you look at this, you cannot deny the impact of a very positive movement. I don’t call it a story, I call it a movement of decisions, Operation Warp Speed,” Faulkner said as the panel returned after the briefing.
“And I wonder why more Democrats are not — you have on this program, but more in leadership — are not giving it the credit that it deserves. For one thing, President-Elect Joe Biden would have to inherit that,” she continued. “Is this something that Biden and others need to say, ‘Yeah, we acknowledge this, it’s fantastic, we’ll keep it in place?’ People are concerned. What’s going to happen next?”
“Well, the Biden team only today, because they are officially allowed to start their transition, will get all of the details about Operation Warp Speed,” Harf, who once served as a communications advisor to former Secretary of State John Kerry, responded.
“Democrats have been talking about that positively for weeks. I think everyone is very grateful for all the work that is being done on this vaccine. I would also say that there are analysts looking at the stock market. Again, this is the first full day that the Biden team will be able to start transitioning,” the liberal commentator added before going off on Trump.
“And why is Donald Trump not taking questions? He’s the one hiding in the basement now. He hasn’t taken reporter questions since the week of the election,” Harf declared, apparently referring to criticism leveled at Biden for months during the campaign. “Why isn’t he answering anyone’s questions?”
“As a woman whose team contacts Joe Biden’s office on a daily basis for the last couple of years, please take a seat — take several seats — on that!” Faulkner fired back, shutting down Harf and moving on to another panelist.
Trump raised eyebrows with his surprise briefing Tuesday, throwing journalists for a loop as they anticipated he would be speaking about the ongoing legal challenges in the presidential election. But his short remarks and quick exit left reporters stunned with one overheard saying that it was “weird as sh*t.”
‘Well, that was weird as s**t’: President Trump’s ‘micro-presser’ throws stunned reporters for a loop https://t.co/2JGrrVVf9r
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 24, 2020
Faulkner faced backlash back in September when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was effectively shut down in an awkward on-air moment after he brought up left-wing billionaire George Soros. Faulkner addressed the flap with Gingrich on the air during a “Outnumbered” episode, apologizing that she “sat silently while all of that played out.”
Conversely, her swift shutdown of Harf on Tuesday was applauded by many Twitter users.
Take a seat…take many seats…good for you @HARRISFAULKNER
— Lisa (@lisahayes2266) November 25, 2020
Thank you @HARRISFAULKNER for standing up to Marie!!
— Kimberley Hatch (@nocakimmie) November 24, 2020
And I laughed! 😂😂😂
Joe never takes questions. Screw anyone who complains about Trump doing the same. He said what he said and the #FakeNews #EnemyOfThePeople can take several seats if they have an issue with it. pic.twitter.com/FLcYPP9imp
— Just Peachy in Georgia (@ArtiesOther) November 25, 2020
— DeNi10 (@Ni10De) November 24, 2020
Used to respect Faulkner, surprised she piped up here. Script readers want to keep their jobs, it’s business, but I don’t have to watch
— Joe Shmoe (@JoeShmoe818) November 24, 2020
Who actually gives an damn what @FoxNews is saying?!!
— PresidentElectPenni (@penni1153) November 25, 2020