GOP Senator Questions Whether Fox News Wants Trump Re-Elected After Hannity Doesn't Help President Answer Key Question

Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley on Saturday questioned if Fox News even wants to see Donald Trump get re-elected in November, criticizing a Friday town hall interview the president gave with host Sean Hannity.

Grassley echoed one of Trump's frequent criticisms against Fox News by asking if the cable news network has any loyalty to the president. The Iowa GOP senator's challenge comes hours after Trump and his longtime supporter Hannity conducted an interview taped Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The senator particularly complained that Hannity allowed Trump to "digress," which prevented the president from touting his efforts to stack the U.S. Supreme Court with conservative justices.

"Does FOXNews want Trump Re-elected? Watched Hannity/Trump interview/KEY QUESTION "What goals in next term?Trump starts answer/gets off point and Hannity helps digress and that's end of the most important Q to get FOUR MORE YEARS OF DRAINING THE SWAMP &Justices," Grassley tweeted Saturday morning.

Newsweek reached out to both the White House and Grassley's Washington office for additional remarks Saturday morning.

The interview touched on the "anarchist" protesters in the wake of George Floyd's death, the president's concerns over the economic threat from China, and his support for "stop and frisk" police tactics. Grassley appeared to lament that Trump also did not tout how he has placed a record number of conservative federal judges on the bench during his tenure in office.

Meanwhile, the president tweeted Saturday morning touting his interview with Hannity: "Do not believe the Fake News Media. Oklahoma speech had the highest Saturday television ratings in@FoxNews history.@seanhannity dominated T.V. with my interview on Thursday night, more than@CNN & MSDNC COMBINED. These are the real polls, the Silent Majority, not FAKE POLLS!"

Trump has frequently taken to Twitter himself to criticize Fox News and its hosts, sometimes going so far as to micromanage how they conduct their coverage of his administration. The president has never shied away from directly blasting any Fox News hosts and anchors he sees as too critical of his presidency, including Chris Wallace and former daytime anchor Shepard Smith. Hannity, on the other hand, has been one of the president's most ardent defenders.

"Incredible!@FoxNews just took Congressional Hearing off the air just prior to important witness statements. More like CNN!!! Fox is lost!!!" the president complained on Twitter earlier this month.

On Friday, Grassley referenced via a tweet another News Corp-owned media outlet, The Wall Street Journal, asking "somebody with access to the Oval Office" to physically read an editorial to the president.

"We won't hv more good scotus justices or the best economy in 50 years like we hv had if he doesn't follow that advice," the Republican senator warned.

Continuing to tweet Saturday morning, Grassley also questioned if presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden can be elected simply by "sitting in his basement" and avoiding the 2020 campaign trail altogether.

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Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley on Saturday questioned if Fox News even wants to see President Donald Trump get re-elected in November, criticizing a Friday town hall interview with host Sean Hannity. JIM WATSON / Contributor/Getty Images