"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade tells President Trump not to tweet about impeachment inquiry

Democrats accused the president of "witness intimation" following his tweets aimed at those testifying in the probe

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published November 19, 2019 4:44PM (EST)

Brian Kilmeade and Donald Trump (Mark Wilson/Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Brian Kilmeade and Donald Trump (Mark Wilson/Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Brian Kilmeade, the co-host of  “Fox & Friends,” advised President Donald Trump on his favorite morning show Tuesday to avoid tweeting about the impeachment inquiry.

“I just think overall the president should just ignore this whole thing,” the Fox News host said. “Don’t tweet during it. Don’t get outraged over it. It ticks you off."

Instead, Kilmeade advised, the president should focus on his executive responsibilities.

"And I think there’s so much for him to do," he said on Fox News.

The president is known to watch Fox News programming on a regular basis, but he did not follow Kilmeade's advice Tuesday. As of Tuesday afternoon, the president had addressed the impeachment inquiry nearly two dozen times, as he re-tweeted the anti-impeachment messages of nearly a dozen Republican congressmen, including Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio.

The president has also used his Twitter account to criticize individuals testifying in the impeachment hearings, prompting allegations of "witness intimidation" by House Democrats. He attacked Jennifer Williams, a special adviser on Europe and Russia issues for Vice President Mike Pence's foreign policy team, on Sunday as a "Never Trumper" after she testified that she thought Trump's July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "unusual and inappropriate." He also tweeted about former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch when she appeared before Congress, which Pelosi later described as "the wrong thing for the president to do."

The president took rare issue with his favorite morning show last month after Kilmeade criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria and abandon the Kurds. The president replied on Twitter Oct. 14 by saying that the Fox News host “got it all wrong.” 

“We are not going into another war between people who have been fighting with each other for 200 years,” Trump tweeted.

Fox News’ most prominent personalities have rallied to the president's defense as the impeachment inquiry has entered its public phase. After the first day of public hearings, primetime host Tucker Carlson attempted to cast the inquiry as the product of a Deep State effort to thwart the president’s policies toward Russia.

The following hour, Sean Hannity referred to the House Democrats supporting impeachment as “the corrupt, do nothing for three years, radical, extreme, socialist Democrats” and described the testimony as “more pathetic, more desperate and actually worse” than that of special counsel Robert Mueller.

You can watch the "Fox & Friends" segment below: 


By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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