While Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace has attracted backlash from President Donald Trump’s supporters for his tough questions, he showed this week that he can be an equal-opportunity critic.
During an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Sunday, Wallace effectively put her on the spot with his inquiry regarding Congress’ inability to reach a deal on the next round of coronavirus relief legislation.
“Known as a master negotiator”
Democratic leaders were able to negotiate with the GOP on the terms of a previous bill that included several key progressive agenda items.
President Donald Trump, however, responded to the current legislative impasse by announcing a series of executive orders meant to address major factors included in the stalled negotiations.
“You’re known as a master negotiator, but didn’t you mess this one up?” Wallace asked Pelosi during a segment of Fox News Sunday this week.
He went on to note that Trump, who gave Congress until Friday to reach a deal, has now made a move that could stymie Democratic ambitions for the next bill.
“Now, because there’s no deal at all, cities and states won’t get any money, there’s no money for the Post Office, there’s no money for hospitals, there’s no money for state boards of election,” he said.
“Should you have cut a deal?”
Wallace told Pelosi that Trump made it clear he would take executive action in the absence of a congressional agreement.
“I understand that you weren’t going to get everything you wanted and didn’t get everything you wanted, but should you have cut a deal?” he asked. “And are you ready to go back into talks to try to come up with a fuller package?”
Pelosi shot back with an accusation of her own, asserting that the host did not “have an understanding of what is happening here both in the weakness of the president’s order” and “the complicated formula” involved in accomplishing the goal of putting “money in the pockets of the American people.”
Wallace has shown he is anything but an apologist for the Trump administration. Given his harsh take on Pelosi’s handling of this matter, it is clear that she is not projecting the type of leadership her party doubtlessly expects.