Fox News host Bret Baier stunned viewers with a very special version of “Special Report” live from the White House on Tuesday. Baier even earned a shoutout from President Donald Trump, who said it was “an honor” to have Baier present.
The Fox News veteran didn’t need a glossy studio to rattle off his evening report, delivering it straight from where he got it in the White House press room, the Daily Caller reported. The journalist was praised by various colleagues for showing off the skills of a real journalist.
Baier takes charge
The president’s daily coronavirus briefings sometimes stretch to two hours or more, often cutting into Baier’s 7 p.m. program. Baier, a former White House correspondent, was back at the briefing room on Tuesday night, where he asked some questions about the president’s executive order to suspend immigration into the United States (it was later amended) and North Korea.
He pressed Trump about the executive order on immigration and Kim Jong Un’s health status, in light of speculation that the North Korean leader was at death’s door.
As things were wrapping up, Trump acknowledged Baier, saying, “It’s an honor to have Bret Baier here. I used his slot a lot.”
Within seconds of Trump’s exit, Baier stood up, notepad in hand, and turned around to face the camera. “Welcome to Special Report, I’m Brett Baier,” he said, starting off the program.
“We’re doing it tonight from the White House briefing room. A little bit different tonight,” he said.
The skillful transition was flagged by the Daily Caller, which said Baier showed a “boss”-like panache. Baier’s professionalism received numerous commendations from other reporters.
Baier returns to White House
The location wasn’t completely a surprise, as Baier let his Twitter followers know beforehand that he would be back at the White House. His return was met with enthusiasm from followers and colleagues, who expressed an admiration for his approach to the craft.
Baier is known for taking a non-partisan and traditional approach to journalism, and some of his recent reporting has been genuinely sensational.
An exclusive report co-authored by Baier recently claims that U.S. intelligence sources have said they are increasingly confident that the coronavirus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan.
Baier has also stepped in to defend his fellow Fox journalists from some of Trump’s criticism, recently parrying comments from Trump about his co-worker Chris Wallace. “Chris is the best Sunday show interviewer hands down— he’s equally tough on left and right- and he’s a great talent to have on your team for election coverage or any debate – a true pro,” Baier tweeted.