Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien lashed out at Fox News' Brit Hume after he mocked her for a failed attempt to criticize President Donald Trump for not visiting the troops right before it was revealed he had done so.
The online interaction happened after the media criticized the president for failing to visit U.S. troops during Christmas — a day later it was revealed that he had indeed done so.
Hume was responding to a tweet from Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano criticizing the president by claiming, "Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime."
"By the time this was posted," Hume responded, "the President and Mrs. Trump were in Iraq with the troops."
O'Brien replied, "Shaming him seems to work," implying that the president had visited the troops after facing online criticism like the tweet from Milano.
Hume mocked the suggestion in a second tweet.
"Yes, Ma'am," Hume agreed jokingly. "Trump read this tweet when it was posted and time-traveled himself back to yesterday and flew to Iraq."
"Genius take," he added.
O'Brien lashed out at Hume in another response attempting to salvage her snarky criticism.
"Sorry — let me spell it out more slowly so you can understand me: the President (according to cnn's Barabar [sic] Starr) prepped for this trip several weeks ago," O'Brien tweeted.
"The shaming seems to have worked," she added. "I hope you're having a nice holiday."
"Try not to be such an a**hole in 2019," O'Brien concluded.
'Your tweet was ridiculous'
Hume undermined O'Brien's attempt to explain away her bizarre criticism in a second tweet.
"Then why'd you post your tweet in response to one that was about a tweet sent today?" he asked pointedly.
"Your tweet was ridiculous," he concluded.
[Ed. Note: This article has been updated with an additional tweet from Brit Hume.]