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This is something unheard of, and it shows how Donald Trump's corner of the world is starting to close in on him. There is ongoing sniping between him and his favored news network, Fox News. After he was critical of Fox News for its poll that was not favorable to him, newsman Bret Baier hit back.
Fox News shared a poll that showed Trump's approval rating has dropped 3 percent from last month's rating of 46 percent. More people answered that the president is "tearing the country apart" than they did in prior years. 59 percent believe him to be divisive, while just 31 percent believe he is "drawing the country together."
"I don't know what's happening with Fox," Trump said to reporters. "Fox is different; there's no question about it," suggesting the conservative news network had "changed."
When asked if he would participate in debates for the 2020 election, he avoided providing an answer and only said, "I'm the one calling the shots."
On Monday Baier hit back regarding Trump's suggestion that it was different. "Okay, well, Fox has not changed," he said on "Special Report." He explained they conduct their own polls and that the results of the latest poll "match[es] what we are seeing out there."
Baier didn't stop there. He challenged the president as well, inviting him on to appear on "Special Report," while making note of the fact that Trump did interviews with other networks a few months back.
"Mr. President, we've invited you on 'Special Report' many times. We'd love to have you back on. You've talked to George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd. Come on back," he suggested.
He insisted that he and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace cover the news "far, balance, and unafraid."
While Trump has blasted media as a whole throughout his presidency, he has always reserved his praise for Fox News, but that relationship is definitely showing cracks lately.
In June he insisted, "Something weird going on at Fox."
In July his criticism was again based on polling. Fox News released a poll that showed him losing for former Vice President Joe Biden if he becomes the Democratic candidate.
"Fox News is at it again," tweeted Trump. "So different from what they used to be."
When polling showed him to be losing to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as well, he again lashed out at the network.
"Fox has changed. My worst polls have always been from Fox," he said.
Fox News personalities have taken hits as well from Trump. He said recently that watching "fake news CNN' was better than watching Fox anchor Shepard Smith. Sunday he said Fox News political analyst Juan Williams was "nasty."
Baier defended his fellow on-air talent, tweeting that Williams is a "solid guy" and a "good friend."
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