American President Donald Trump laid down some friendly fire Sunday night when he called out a pair of Fox News personalities on Twitter. A colleague of hit back today on the same social media platform.
Julie Banderas, the former Fox Report Weekend regular and current fill-in anchor has decided to punch back at the jabster-in-chief who referred to FNC’s John Roberts and Gillian Turner as “having even less understanding of the Wall negotiations that the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN&NBC!” Oh, the shame.
Anyway, here’s how Banderas chose to respond to POTUS’ broadside at her FNC brethren:
“Never thought I’d say this but I think [Roberts] and [Turner] @FoxNews have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC!” the president tweeted.
Banderas, who frequently appears on Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” slammed Trump in a series of tweets Monday, lambasting him for “bullying” and “insulting” her fellow journalists.
“This is NOT right,” she tweeted. “They don’t deserve this. No reporter does. They are doing their jobs and reporting the facts.”
She added: “Our jobs are not meant to please others. But the office of the @POTUS ought not to be the one lashing out. That’s not how this country works. That’s not how Freedom of the Press works. … Bullying journalists is not Presidential. Period.”
It has become a habit for Trump to tear into reporters and tries to undermine the free press by accusing the “fake news” media of acting as the “enemy of the people.” In November, the White House was forced to restore press credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta after it stripped him of his pass following a heated exchange with Trump during a press conference.
Trump tweeted earlier this month that he had told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings, claiming without evidence that reporters often cover her “rudely” and “inaccurately.”
“This retreat from transparency and accountability sets a terrible precedent,” White House Correspondents’ Association President Olivier Knox said in a statement at the time. “Being able to question the press secretary or other senior government officials publicly helps the news media tell Americans what their most powerful representatives are doing in their name.”