During a rally in western Pennsylvania on Saturday, President Donald Trump blasted NBC News anchor Chuck Todd.
He was speaking about how past presidents and administrations failed to deescalate the situation in North Korea, and take their nuclear weapons away, when he mention his guest appearance on “Meet the Press” with Todd. Trump referred to him as “sleepy eyes Chuck Todd.”
“He’s a sleeping son of a bitch, I’ll tell you,” the president said.
The president has attacked the NBC host as a purveyor of “fake news” and with the same “sleepy eyes” insult multiple times in the past. “Late Night” host Seth Meyers last year came to Todd’s defense, accusing Trump of looking like he “drank a bottle of NyQuil in the sauna.”
Todd tweeted about the reference, and attempted to joke about the matter. He wrote, “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.”
Sunday morning, he put Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on the spot about Trump’s comments.
Mnuchin dismissed Trump’s personal attacks, instead telling Todd that the press should focus on covering the administration’s policies.
After the show on Sunday, he told the audience that he will be back next week, “sleepy eyes and all.”
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