Now that President Donald Trump doesn’t have Shepard Smith to kick around at Fox News any longer, he’s attacking “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.Wallace is one of the few remaining news hosts at Fox who routinely presents a balanced perspective, and who often challenges Trump’s policies and statements. Smith abruptly resigned from Fox on Friday after being repeatedly criticized by Trump.
Following Wallace’s program Sunday, Trump fired off a tweet demanding that “somebody please explain to Chris Wallace” that Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president “was a congenial & good one.” In the call, now the focus of an impeachment inquiry, Trump pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son — while withholding military aid from the nation.
Trump also slammed Chris Wallace as someone who “will never be his father,” the late “60 Minutes” stalwart Mike Wallace, whom Trump claimed was “my friend.”
Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad!
Trump slammed Wallace shortly after his program with Defense Secretary Mark Esper questioning the president’s phone call — and challenging Trump’s order pulling U.S. troops out of Syria to cede the battlefield to Turkey in that nation’s assault on America’s longtime Kurdish allies.
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Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace and his wife Lorraine Martin Smothers arrive for the premiere of 'The Post' on December 14, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
HELSINKI, FINLAND JULY 16, 2018: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (not in picture) gives an interview to Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace. Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Alexei Nikolsky\TASS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: Chris Wallace awaiting the arrival of former Vice President Al Gore on the set of 'Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace' at FOX News D.C. Bureau on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News speaks during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Fox News anchor and moderator Chris Wallace waits for the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06: FOX News anchors (L-R) Chris Wallace, Megan Kelly and Bret Baier moderate the first prime-time Republican presidential debate hosted at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Fox News anchor Chris Wallace attends the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23: Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, seen on the set of his show at the Fox offices near Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 23, 2015. Wallace will be hosting the first debate in the Republican presidential primary and is working on his preparations for the task. Wallace said that his goal is to engage candidates in conversation with each other and avoid a scene that feels like ten separate news conferences. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: Chris Wallace takes part in an interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on 'FOX News Sunday' at the FOX News D.C. Bureau on July 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
Chris Wallace at the News Corporation building in New York City, New York (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
Trump also invoked Mike Wallace earlier this year when he complained about Chris Wallace having Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on his program. “I like Mike Wallace better,” Trump tweeted then.
At a panel discussion in Manhattan last month, Wallace noted that Trump “often likes to say about me, ‘You know, I was covered by Mike Wallace, I liked him much more,’” The New York Times reported.