Fox News' Neil Cavuto on Monday came to the defense of his network and his colleague, Chris Wallace, after President Donald Trump's angry response to an interview featuring House Minority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., on Sunday.
"What makes something fake news?" Cavuto said in a segment at the end of his afternoon program. "I would assume if the news being reported is fake or wrong, and the person presenting that news knows it is fake or wrong, that is bad. But what if the news that is being reported is accurate, the facts are good, they just sound bad? My colleague Chris Wallace has discovered again the president doesn't distinguish."
Trump slammed Wallace on Sunday for his questions to Scalise, R-La., who defended the president against the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
The president wrote in a tweet:
"@SteveScalise blew the nasty & obnoxious Chris Wallace (will never be his father, Mike!) away on Chris’ lowest rated (unless I’m on) morning show. This kind of dumb and unfair interview would never have happened in the @FoxNews past. Great job Steve!"
"Scalise has steadfastly defended the president on this whole Ukrainian situation," Cavuto said. "Does the president like Steve for that? Let's just say let's say he doesn't like Chris for challenging Scalise on that."
Cavuto noted that Scalise had dismissed the people testifying in the first week of public impeachment hearings as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's "witnesses," but Wallace pointed out they were all career foreign service officers and worked in the Trump administration.
Scalise also argued Sunday that Trump was only concerned about corruption in Ukraine, but "Chris pointed out the president never uttered the word corruption in that July 25 call (with Ukraine's president)," Cavuto said.
He also called it a "pity" Trump did not listen to Wallace grilling Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., about the lack of first-hand evidence in the inquiry.
"It's understandable not to like what you hear, Mr. President, it is not understandable to tune out what you should otherwise like very much too hear," said Cavuto.
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