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Trump fires back at DNC after they say they’ll not hold debate on Fox News

Frank Carnevale
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President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention, Monday Jan. 14, 2019, in New Orleans.
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Tom Perez, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, introduces Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., as he speaks about Democratic wins in the House of Representatives to a crowd of Democratic supporters during an election night returns event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Washington.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday night that he will skip debates with “the Fake News Networks” after the Democratic National Committee said they would not hold debates on Fox News.

Trump fired back after the DNC chairman said that Fox could not be trusted to host a fair debate.

Trump on Twitter posted, “Democrats just blocked @FoxNews from holding a debate. Good, then I think I’ll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!”

Tom Perez, chairman of the DNC, had tweeted Wednesday afternoon, that the organization “cannot rely on Fox to host a fair and neutral debate.”

He followed up stating bluntly, “Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”

This comes after a scathing report from the New Yorker that details the close relationship between Trump, his campaign and Fox.

The report says that Roger Ailes, the network’s late chief executive, and others at the company may have shared questions that would be asked in two Republican debates in 2015 with candidate Trump.

Fox News Senior Vice President Bill Sammon responded to Perez, saying in a statement: “We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate. They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters.”

And Fox’s Bret Baier tweeted that, “That’s really a shame. When it comes to fairness – our news product speaks for itself.”

The Democrats have announced 12 debates for later this year, with NBC News and CNN set to broadcast the first two.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Frank via Twitter .

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