President Donald Trump took a swipe at NBC News political director Chuck Todd on at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night to support a GOP congressional candidate before the state’s special election — harking back to an old insult directed at the Meet the Press host.
Trump spoke at length about his recent decision to accept a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which garnered some praise in the media — but also criticism over the seemingly ad-hoc nature of its planning.
Trump blasted the media for the cautious reception to what the White House is touting as a diplomatic breakthrough, slamming the usual suspects — CNN and MSNBC — while hailing Fox News.
“They are saying well, Obama could have done that,” Trump said. “Trust me, he wouldn’t have did that. And neither would Bush and neither would Clinton. And they had their shot. And all they did was nothing.”
Trump also boasted that he has long been hawkish on North Korea, referencing an interview he did about North Korea on NBC’s Meet the Press back in 1999 — before taking aim at the show’s current host.
“Meet the Press, a show now headed by sleepy-eyes Chuck Todd,” Trump told the rapturous crowd. “He is a sleepy son of a bitch, I’ll tell you.”
Well, Todd almost immediately responded to the president in a tweet, making a coy reference to the insult:
Don’t miss @MeetThePress tomorrow! I know folks may be tired in the morning due to springing forward, so set those clocks and DVRs now before your eyes get too sleepy.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) March 11, 2018
Watch Trump’s speech live here.
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