President Trump told everyone how he noticed NBC News’ Kristen Welker – the scheduled moderator for the upcoming presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn. – who called him “horrible and unfair” Saturday in a pre-debate offensive attack.
“He’s always been terrible and unfair, like most Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. People know! How’s Steve Scully?” Trump tweeted with a retweet from to son Donald Trump Jr., who links Welker and his family to prominent Democrats.
Welker’s family has donated thousands of dollars to Democrats in recent years and Welker and his family spent Christmas at the White House with the Obamas in 2012.
DEBATE MODERATOR KRISTEN WELKER’S TWITTER ACCOUNT INACTIVATED LIKE STEVE SCULLY CONTROVERSY
Trump’s comment Steve Scully is a reference to a suspended C-SPAN journalist, who allegedly lied about his hacked Twitter account before he was set to moderate the October 15 scheduled debate between by Trump and Biden in Miami who were eventually canceled.
Scully sent a tweet that some critics saw biased against Trump as to whether Scully should respond to the president’s criticisms of him.
Prior to joining C-SPAN, Scully’s jobs included being an intern for Biden and working for the late US Democrat Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Welker briefly deactivated his Twitter account after Scully claimed he had been hacked.
KRISTEN WELKER, UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MODERATOR, WITH DEEP BONUSES
Trump frequently issues issues with interviewers and moderators, including Fox News Chris Wallace, who moderated the first debate on Sept. 29 in Cleveland, and Nann’s Savannah Guthrie, the town’s moderator Trump issued as a successor to the canceled debate in Miami.
The president accused them both of being unfair to him.
“Anyone who has ever approached Welker knows that he is an activist, not a reporter,” a senior White House official told the New York Post.
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Trump 2020 adviser Jason Miller, on the other hand, told “The Story” host Martha McCollum last week that he thought Welker would do a “great job.”
“I have a very high opinion of Kristen Welker,” he said. “I think he will do a great job as a moderator for the third debate. I think he is a journalist who is very fair in his approach and I think he will be a very good choice for this third debate.”