President Trump spoke with Fox News" Sean Hannity Monday night following his signature "Make America Great Again' rally in Missouri; saying the booming economy and soaring recovery will bring all Americans together.
In a statement, Fox News called their participation just one day before the midterm election "an unfortunate distraction". Hannity slammimg other reporters in attendance as "fake news", echoing the president's usual media bashing, probably didn't help either. SUBSCRIBE NOW and hit the bell to be the first in the know.
Hours earlier he had denied that he would be campaigning at the event but did admit he would be there covering the final push, as he had in 'every election past'.
Hannity, who considers himself an opinion host and not a traditional journalists, has in the past skirted norms that would typically apply to an editorial employee of a news organization.
Observers accused Hannity, Fox News' biggest star, of campaigning for the president as he ostensibly represented a network of journalists. "And the one thing that has made and defined your presidency more than anything else: Promises made, promises kept".
The ramped up rhetoric comes as Mr Trump's campaign advert featuring an immigrant convicted of killing two police officers was taken off Facebook, NBC and Fox News.
Lee Greenwood, who sings the song "God Bless the United States of America", the song Mr. Trump usually uses during his entrance, sang. When Fox found out in 2010 that the Tea Party had advertised that Hannity would be appearing at one of his fundraising rallies, Fox said it had not approved the arrangement and ordered him back to NY.
'Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events, ' said the statement, which the network then used to plug its midterm election coverage. "This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed".
He wrote, "What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful".
Although Hannity promised in a tweet not to campaign with the president, he appeared on stage with Trump at the rally.
The network also directed us to a pair of tweets by Hannity that were sent on Tuesday. This was NOT planned.
Hannity, who told the audience at Trump's rally that "all these people in the back are fake news", also tweeted today that he was not referring to any of his Fox News colleagues. "They do fantastic work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and It is an honor to work with such great professionals".