WORLD
29/01/2019 4:24 AM AEDT | Updated 29/01/2019 5:56 AM AEDT

Fox News Anchor Goes Off On Donald Trump: 'Bullying Journalists Is Not Presidential'

Julie Banderas blasted the president while defending her colleagues John Roberts and Gillian Turner on Twitter Monday.

Fox News anchor Julie Banderas on Monday lashed out at President Donald Trump after he attacked her colleagues on Twitter a day earlier.

Trump, who regularly bashes media outlets such as CNN and NBC, took aim at two new targets in a tweet Sunday night: Fox News’ John Roberts and Gillian Turner. It was a rare moment of criticism from the president toward his favorite cable news network.

“Never thought I’d say this but I think [Roberts] and [Turner] @FoxNews have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC!” the president tweeted

Banderas, who frequently appears on Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” slammed Trump in a series of tweets Monday, lambasting him for “bullying” and “insulting” her fellow journalists.

“This is NOT right,” she tweeted. “They don’t deserve this. No reporter does. They are doing their jobs and reporting the facts.”

She added: “Our jobs are not meant to please others. But the office of the @POTUS ought not to be the one lashing out. That’s not how this country works. That’s not how Freedom of the Press works. ... Bullying journalists is not Presidential. Period.”

Neither Fox News nor the White House immediately responded to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

Trump routinely tears into reporters and tries to undermine the free press by accusing the “fake news” media of acting as the “enemy of the people.” In November, the White House was forced to restore press credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta after it stripped him of his pass following a heated exchange with Trump during a press conference.

The president tweeted earlier this month that he had told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings, claiming without evidence that reporters often cover her “rudely” and “inaccurately.” 

“This retreat from transparency and accountability sets a terrible precedent,” White House Correspondents’ Association President Olivier Knox said in a statement at the time. “Being able to question the press secretary or other senior government officials publicly helps the news media tell Americans what their most powerful representatives are doing in their name.”