President Trump let everyone know how he perceives Kristen Welker of NBC News – the moderator scheduled for the upcoming presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee – calling her “terrible and unfair” in a pre-debate offensive on Saturday.
“It’s always been awful and unfair, just like most Fake News reporters, but I’ll keep playing. People know! How’s Steve Scully?” Trump tweeted along with a retweet from son Donald Trump Jr., linking Welker and his family to prominent Democrats.
The Welker family has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats over the years, and Welker and his family spent Christmas in the White House with the Obamas in 201
DEBATE MODERATOR KRISTEN WELKER’S ACCOUNT TWITTER DEACTIVATED IN STEVE SCULLY’S DISPUTE
Trump’s comment by Steve Scully was a reference to a C-SPAN reporter who was suspended, allegedly for lying about his Twitter account being hacked before it was set to moderate a debate scheduled for October 15 between Trump and Biden in Miami which was eventually canceled.
Scully had sent out a tweet that some critics considered biased against Trump that Scully should respond to the president’s criticism of him.
Prior to joining C-SPAN, Scully’s jobs included being an intern for Biden and working for the late Democratic US Senator Ted Kennedy.
Welker briefly deactivated his Twitter account after Scully claimed he was hacked.
KRISTEN WELKER, NEXT MODERATOR OF THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, HAS DEEP DEMOCRATIC TIES
Trump frequently argues with interviewers and moderators, including Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who moderated the first debate on Sept. 29 in Cleveland, and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Trumps Town Hall moderator who aired in place of the canceled debate at You love me.
The president accused both of them being unfair to him.
“Anyone who has ever dealt with Welker knows that she is an activist, not a journalist,” a senior White House official told the New York Post.
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Trump 2020 senior adviser Jason Miller, by contrast, told “The Story” host Martha McCollum last week that he thought Welker would do an “excellent job.”
“I have a high opinion of Kristen Welker,” she said. “I think she will do a great job as moderator of the third debate. I think she is a very correct journalist in her approach and I think she will be an excellent choice for this third debate.