Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy slammed Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a “big dumb baby” after the president launched a twitter attack on former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her public testimony on Capitol Hill.
“Should the president be tweeting at her mid-hearing? No, it makes him look like a big dumb baby,” Kennedy said on air. “And he makes her look like a victim and if he’d just let it go, the last two days of hearings and testimony would’ve been a snoozefest.”
As Yovanovitch testified about a smear campaign by Trump’s allies to oust her from her post in Kyiv, the president took aim at her on Twitter, writing that “everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.”
And in a stunning turn of events, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) interrupted his staff counsel’s questioning to read the tweet aloud to the witness and ask her for her reaction.
Yovanovitch said Trump’s tweet might have a “very intimidating” effect on future witnesses facing pressure from the White House not to testify in the impeachment inquiry, and Democrats have since alleged that the attacks were a form of witness intimidation.
Trump later defended his actions, saying “I have the right to speak” and that he’s “allowed to speak up” if others are talking about him.
Watch Lisa Kennedy’s response below.
Kennedy: "Should the president be tweeting at her mid-hearing, no. *It makes him look like a big dumb baby.*" pic.twitter.com/DEvnsolG8i
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) November 15, 2019