According to Mediaite, former President Donald Trump recently expressed his displeasure with Fox News, aiming a disparaging comment at former President George W. Bush on the social media platform Truth Social. The cause of Trump’s ire was a discussion on a policy during a recent episode of Fox & Friends, where host Steve Doocy failed to mention Trump.
During the discussion, Doocy mentioned previous US presidents’ characterizations of international adversaries, citing Ronald Reagan’s reference to the “evil empire” and George W. Bush’s mention of the “axis of evil,” which included Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. Following the clip of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s interview with Shannon Bream, Trump appeared to take personal offense at Doocy’s omission of his own contributions.
Trump’s critique of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism efforts seemed to reveal a lapse in his memory, much like his confusion over which Bush had coined the “axis of evil” label. The War on Terror led by George W. Bush is widely recognized as one of the most extensive counterterrorism campaigns globally, involving military operations in multiple countries, including two major invasions in the Middle East.
It is notable that Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House, serves as a board member of the Fox Corporation, which owns Fox News. Despite receiving praise from prominent figures on the network, such as Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, Trump has persistently criticized Fox News, labeling it as a “hostile network” and frequently launching verbal attacks against it.
“I remember growing up, I remember Ronald Reagan was talking about the evil empire. I remember George Bush talked about the axis of evil, of course he was referring to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.”
“Well now there is a new axis of evil,” he continued before playing a clip of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent interview with Shannon Bream.
Somewhat bizarrely, Trump took great offense at Doocy’s failure to bring up Trump.
“Fox & Friends this morning stated that, under Ronald Reagan and George Bush (Which one?), there was a tough policy against Terrorists,” began Trump, seemingly misunderstanding the context of the conversation. “They’re wrong on Bush, but they left out one person—’TRUMP,’ who took out ISIS, al-Baghdadi, Soleimani, and everyone else who was in the way of Justice and Peace. Next time maybe they could ask their Bosses, like RINO Paul RINO, for permission to use my name. The good news is, based on the Polls, the PEOPLE understand!”