Fox News Channel and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump are firing verbal jabs back and forth.
The New York Times reports that after Trump sent out a tweet Wednesday saying he won’t be appearing on Fox “for the foreseeable future,” the cable channel responded with its own account of the latest rift.
“In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, the network said that Mr. Trump’s post seemed to have been prompted by its decision, shortly before noon, to cancel his scheduled appearance Thursday on ‘The O’Reilly Factor,'” The Times reports.
Trump had tweeted earlier in the day that he felt Fox News had been treating him “very unfairly.” He added that he had “therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future.”
In response, Fox News issued a statement saying: “The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about. When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.”
The Trump camp was standing its ground, coming back with its own statement saying: “As a candidate for president of the United States and the definitive front-runner in every poll, both nationally and state wide, including the just released poll in the state of Florida, Mr. Trump expects to be treated fairly. All you have to do is look at the tremendous ratings last night from ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert, where Mr. Trump was the guest, or the ratings from both debates, to fully understand the facts.”
Trump has been at odds with Fox News since the first GOP debate back in early August, when Trump took offense at the questions he received from moderator Megyn Kelly, one of Fox’s stars. The channel has been strongly supportive of Kelly, who has been the focus of a series of verbal attacks by Trump.