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Trump Publicly Bashes Hugh Hewitt After Praising Him In Private

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Trump fumbled over several foreign policy questions about the Middle East in a Thursday interview with Hewitt. He mixed up Iran’s special Quds force with the Kurdish ethnic group, and was unable to name the leaders of key world terror organizations. Trump dismissed questions about ISIS as “inappropriate,” and later criticized Hewitt on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” calling him a “third-rate radio announcer.”

Despite the attacks, Hewitt came to Trump’s defense during a Friday CNN appearance, saying the GOP presidential candidate “did very well throughout most of the interview.”

“I’m not trying to catch anyone out on the names,” he told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “I get confused on the names.”

Trump is apparently still smarting from the exchange. He sent a series of tweets about Hewitt’s “very low ratings” and “gotcha” questions Saturday morning.

A producer for Hewitt’s radio show responded by posting a handwritten note Trump left for the host, telling him it was a “great honor” to appear on his show.

The two will face off again when Hewitt hosts CNN's Republican debate on Sept. 16.

h/t Mediaite