Donald Trump Says Fox News Is ‘A Big Obstacle’ To His Re-Election Campaign

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
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In between his Thursday appearances on Fox News and Fox Business, Donald Trump called in to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and called the network “a big obstacle,” Mediaite reported.

“Fox is a whole different ballgame,” the head of state said. “Fox is a much different thing than it was four years ago.”

The president praised hosts like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham but pointed to former House Speaker Paul Ryan’s presence on the company’s board as the culprit for the network’s purported shift.

“When Roger Ailes ran Fox, I mean, Roger had a strong point of view that’s totally gone. And I think it’s influenced by Paul Ryan. He’s on the board, I can’t believe it.”

Limbaugh appeared to agree with the U.S. leader’s analysis.

“The obstacles that keep being placed in front of you are no doubt there,” the radio host said. “I’ve never seen anything like this become, the things you have to overcome.”

“Fox is a problem,” Trump responded.

According to Trump, the channel has taken a turn toward the same fate as broadcasters like MSNBC and CNN, which he frequently attacks as “fake news.”

As reported by Breitbart, Trump made similar comments during a discussion with talk radio host Mark Levin on Friday. Notably, Levin has a weekend program on Fox News and told the president he would likely receive flak from executives for the criticism.

“Fox was great,” Trump said. “Fox is no longer great.”

Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after Carly Fiorina says she met with Russian President Putin at a one on one meeting, during the Republican Presidential Debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal at the Milwaukee Theatre November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Despite his attacks on the broadcaster, Trump made a Friday appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show for a medical exam following his COVID-19 diagnosis and subsequent treatment, per Vanity Fair. The appearance involved a conversation with Dr. Marc Siegel, who previously interviewed Trump when he boasted about the cognitive test he took and passed.

When pressed by Hannity on Thursday, Trump did not say whether he had tested negative for coronavirus or been tested since his hospitalization at Walter Reed Medical Center.

The president’s displeasure with the network has apparently been brewing for months. According to The Inquisitr, reporting from May suggested that the head of state is aiming to take down the channel for what he perceives as disloyalty.

Notably, an investor group linked to Donald Trump Jr. and Tommy Hicks’ Dallas-based family reportedly bought a stake in One America News Network (OANN) — a cable channel that has been increasingly gaining the U.S. leader’s attention. According to a person familiar with the deal, Trump is looking to build-up OANN as a Fox News competitor.