Trump tells viewers to watch 'anything else' but Fox News ahead of his 1st interview since Election Day
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after taking part in a video conference call with members of the military on Thanksgiving Day at the White House.
President Donald Trump slammed Fox News again on Saturday, calling it "unobservable" and urging followers to "watch everything else".
Trump is said to appear in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo in his first interview since the presidential election later on Sunday.
His tweet highlighted the growing tension between him and Fox News after the network announced President-elect Joe Biden's election victory.
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President Donald Trump called Fox News "unobservable" on Saturday and urged followers to watch more conservative outlets as his relationship with the network grows strained after the election.
"@FoxNews is virtually unobservable during the day, especially on the weekends," he tweeted. "Check out @OANN, @newsmax, or just about anything. You don't have to suffer from endless Democratic interviews, and worse!"
The Sunday morning tweet came hours before Trump was due to appear in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo later on Sunday in his first interview since the presidential election.
Trump's tweet was his last attempt to discredit Fox News. He has been slamming the point of sale for weeks after declaring President-elect Joe Biden's election victory. Trump has encouraged his Twitter followers to switch to the conservative outlet Newsmax. Trump allies are even exploring the possibility of acquiring and investing in Newsmax to bolster the outlet as a competitor to the Fox News Channel.
Newsmax reinforced Trump's message in a response to his tweet, directing people to his platform and billed itself as a "great choice for your weekend news."
Meanwhile, Fox News is trying to protect its viewers by asking live TV guests not to appear on its rising rival Newsmax.
Fox News, where some hosts have appeared staunch supporters of Trump's every move for the past four years, began to deviate from him after the 2020 race was scheduled for Biden. Trump has so far refused to admit, but some of his closest advisers and vocal allies - including the hosts of Fox News - have encouraged him to reconsider.
Since then, Trump has slammed the outlet repeatedly and his reviews appear to have taken a hit. Nielsen data reported by the Associated Press said viewership fell by nearly a third from two weeks before the election to two weeks after.
Morning Consult data also shows that Republican favor with Fox News fell 13% in the days following the election.
Newsmax ratings, on the other hand, are rising rapidly with Trump's support. The platform that Trump is basing on his claim that the race between him and Biden remains undecided has not scheduled the 2020 presidential election.
Neither Fox News nor the White House immediately returned Business Insider's request for comment.
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