President Trump Torches Fox News: ‘They Forgot the People Who Got Them There!’

Donald Trump Fox News (Chip Somodevilla / Getty)
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President Donald Trump offered an unusually strident criticism of the Fox News Channel on Sunday evening, after the network aired the New York Times‘ defense of its claims about harsh conditions in facilities for migrants at the border.

Trump tweeted:

Fox News anchor Jon Scott had earlier aired a report on FOX Report Weekend that covered the dispute between the president and the Times over its reporting. The Times claimed, in a front-page story Sunday, that conditions inside a facility in Clint, Texas, were the “stuff of nightmares.”

Many of the migrant facilities currently in use were opened during the Obama administration, when there was a surge of illegal aliens crossing the U.S.-Mexico, many of them unaccompanied minors from distant countries in Central America. Part of the impetus for the surge at the time seemed to have been anticipation of the passage of an amnesty law, and President Barack Obama’s policies favoring illegal aliens who had entered the country as minors.

Since then, the surge has continued, fueled by poor conditions in Central America, the rapidly-growing U.S. economy, and the well-publicized efforts of Democrats to thwart every attempt by the Trump administration at border enforcement.

Trump criticized the Times report as “phony and exaggerated”:

Scott noted Trump’s criticism Sunday evening, then posted the Times‘s response:

While Fox has been less antagonistic than most other news outlets, Trump has feuded with the network almost from the beginning of his campaign, when he faced off against then-Fox News host Megan Kelly at the first Republican presidential primary debate in 2015.

Earlier Sunday, Fox aired a live report from a French bar after the U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup, where patrons began chanting “F*** Trump!” on live television.

Update: Trump piled on Sunday night:

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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