The stunning surprise decision of longtime Fox News anchor Chris Wallace to make the jump to CNN has generated ongoing buzz in the political realm with many offering their opinions on what the move means for the future of both networks.
One who weighed in was former President Donald J. Trump who slammed the newsman during a Monday radio interview on the “Chris Salcedo Show,” expressing the sentiment that he is glad that Wallace is out at the conservative network and that he doesn’t possess the talent of his father, legendary “60 Minutes” investigative journalist Mike Wallace.
“Well you know, he always wanted to be his father, but he wasn’t born with that kind of talent, and we’re lucky to have him out,” Trump said when asked for his take on Wallace’s big move.
He then brought up last year’s presidential debate when Wallace repeatedly intervened on behalf of Joe Biden, leading many to complain about unfair bias, “When I had the debate, I was debating him and Biden,” he said. “He was tougher, I was debating him and Biden, I said, What is this? Am I debating two people or am I debating one?’”
(Video via Newsmax)
“I asked him one simple question Chris,” Trump told Newsmax host Chris Salcedo, “when I asked him one simple question, I said why is it that the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave you three and a half million dollars? Why did it happen?”
Trump was referring to a question about Biden’s scandal-soaked son Hunter, a man whose drug abuse, lurid sexual exploits, and corruption were ignored by the media in the crucial weeks leading up to what already appears to be one of the most significant elections in U.S. history.
He added, “and it went to Biden too – it went to both of them – why is it that you accepted three and a half million, and Chris Wallace said no we’re not allowing that question.”
“And I said why? why?” Trump recalled, “he said that’s not the subject we’re talking about, I said, I think it is.”
The former and perhaps future POTUS was referring to this exchange, one of many during the contentious nationally televised debate when Wallace appeared to throw Biden a lifeline.
(Video: Fox News)
Trump concluded, “The guy, he was–I thought he was third rate, he was a poor man’s version of his father.”
Wallace drew increasing criticism from Trump, especially after his disgraceful debate tag-teaming of the embattled incumbent, a performance that must have greatly impressed upper management at CNN which has lured the registered Democrat on board for their new streaming network, the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” made the announcement shortly after the news broke.
We’re thrilled to welcome Chris Wallace to CNN as an anchor for @CNNPlus. His new weekday show will feature interviews with newsmakers across politics, business, sports and culture & will contribute to CNN+’s slate of live programming available at launch. https://t.co/6dgFzBd2QT pic.twitter.com/h8djkxClsB
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 12, 2021
CNN’s press release included a statement from Wallace expressing his delight to join the team, “I am thrilled to join CNN+. After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming,”
“I look forward to the new freedom and flexibility streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape—and finding new ways to tell stories. As I embark on this adventure, I am honored and delighted to join Jeff Zucker and his great team. I can’t wait to get started.” he added.
He should fit in very nicely at a network that is already fielding an all-star team of Trump haters.
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