Fox anchor Shepard Smith has called on President Donald Trump to answer allegations that he has ties to Russia.
Smith made the remarks after Trump attacked the media at a Feb. 16 press conference for raising the issue, The Hill reported.
"[Trump] keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we're some kind of fools for asking the question. Really?" Smith said on air, The Hill reported. "Your opposition was hacked and the Russians were responsible for it and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it was happening and we're fools for asking the question?"
Trump dismissed the suggestion that his campaign team was speaking to Russia.
"Russia is fake news. Russia -- this is fake news put out by the media," Trump said at the press conference.
However, Smith was unconvinced and made a point of defending CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who challenged Trump Feb. 16.
"We are not fools for asking this question, and we demand to know the answer to this question," Smith added. "You owe this to the American people. Your supporters will support you either way. If your people were on the phone what were they saying? We have a right to know, we absolutely do and that you call us fake news and put us down like children for asking these questions on behalf of the American people is inconsequential."
During the press conference, Trump also accused the media of making it impossible to get along with Russia.
"It would be great if we could get along with Russia," he said, USA Today reported. "But it's possible I won't be able to get along with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin."
Trump left no doubt about why he thought so.
"The false reporting by the media, buy you people, false, horrible fake reporting, makes it much harder to make a deal with Russia," he said.
Trump dismissed suggestions that he has large business interests in the country.
"I own nothing in Russia," he said. "I have no loans in Russia. I don't have any deals in Russia."
The FBI is investigating contacts between Trump's campaign team and Russian officials during the election campaign and post-election transition period.