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President Donald Trump criticized the moderator for the upcoming presidential debate, NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker, on Saturday over Twitter.
Less than a week before the debate, scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tenn., the president shared a retweet by son Donald Trump, Jr. linking to a New York Post article on Welker stating she “has deep Democrat ties.” (Welker is currently registered in D.C. with no party and has been since 2012.)
The report notes Democratic candidates Welker’s parents have donated to, and the reportedly “stark contrast” between her questions towards the Trump administration and Democratic politicians in the past.
Trump tweeted Welker has “always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters” but added he would still “play the game” of attending the final debate against former Vice President Joe Biden.
The president’s criticism of Welker comes not long after his attacks against C-Span political editor Steve Scully, calling him a “never Trumper.” Scully has since been placed on administrative leave by the cable channel after falsely claiming that his Twitter account was hacked — the editor had addressed former White House comms chief Anthony Scaramucci, asking whether he should respond to attacks from Trump.
Trump’s tweets also contrast with campaign senior advisor Jason Miller, who recently praised Welker on Fox News. Speaking with Martha MacCallum last week, Miller said, “I have a very high opinion of Kristen Welker. I think she’s going to do an excellent job as the moderator for the third debate. I think she’s a journalist whose very fair in her approach and I think that she’ll be a very good choice for this third debate.”
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