Fox News calls host appearance with Trump unfortunate

TONIGHT, 9:00pm ET: Hannity One-on-One With President Trump on Election Eve

The president's post-election readout showed his determination to put a positive spin on midterms that will bring an end to GOP control of Congress and open him to Democratic-led investigations in the House.

Fox News has said it does not condone any of its journalists appearing in a campaign event, hours after prime-time host Sean Hannity spoke at President Donald Trump's final rally before the midterm election. "We have an extraordinary team of journalists helming our coverage tonight and we are extremely proud of their work", the statement read. But Fox News addressed the incident on Election Day, calling it "an unfortunate distraction".

"Too bad, Mike", Trump said of Coffman, before turning on Utah's Mia Love, whose race remained too close to call.

Trump called Hannity to the stage after praising Fox, saying, "they're very special, they've done an incredible job for us".

He pleaded with viewers to vote Republican on Tuesday to support Trump, and his opening monologue echoed a campaign slogan seen on signs overlooking the stage: "Promises made, promises kept".

Hannity, cable news' most popular personality, told the crowd, "By the way, all those people in the back are fake news".

"When the POTUS invited me on stage to give a few remarks last night, I was surprised, yet honoured by the president's request", Hannity tweeted. "This was NOT planned".

This came after Hannity insisted that he would interview the president back stage and hold a live show from the venue, but wouldn't actually get on stage to campaign on the president's behalf. "I am covering final rally for the show".

"What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful".

Here's what's happening. Let me read a couple quotes of what some of these Fox News staffers have had to say.

"They do fantastic work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way", he said on Twitter. In 2010, he was ordered not to broadcast his program as part of a Tea Party rally originating from Cincinnati. But in an interview with The New York Times a year ago, he said he was a journalist, more specifically an advocacy or opinion journalist. After Hannity included them in his attack on "fake news", they grew furious.

"I do eventually want to unite, but the fact is we're driving them insane", Trump said. But they're also the people that you depend on to help produce your show, to book your show, to write your show, because we know you're not qualified enough to do any of those things, Sean. Pirro, a former NY state attorney general who has a weekend show on Fox, spoke after him.

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