Fox News host Neil Cavuto has chastised President Donald Trump for two tweets attacking former NBA basketball player LaVar Ball and GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. Cavuto asserted that Trump's social media statements were unbecoming of a president and signaled a need for constant praise and adoration (video below).
"A president angry at a dad for refusing to say thank you, and so angry at a U.S. senator that he all but says: 'Screw you,'" Cavuto said during a Nov. 20 segment on Fox News. "Forget about either comment not being presidential. At what point does the president see such remarks don't even border on being human?"
On Nov. 8, three UCLA basketball players were charged with shoplifting while touring in China. Trump reportedly helped facilitate their release. On Nov. 17, Ball, the father of one of the detained players, told ESPN: "Everybody wants to make it seem like [Trump] helped me out."
On Nov. 19, Trump took to social media to accuse Ball of ingratitude and suggested that he should not have helped the three U.S. college students.
"Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son ... I should have left them in jail!" Trump tweeted.
On Nov. 17, Flake was hosting a town hall in Arizona when he was caught on a hot mic telling a colleague that he worried about the future of the GOP, CNN reports.
Flake, not realizing that his statements were audible to others, told his colleague that if the Republican Party became "the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast."
On Nov. 19, Trump singled out Flake on social media hours after he blasted Ball.
"Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on 'mike' saying bad things about your favorite President," Trump tweeted out. "He'll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is 'toast.'"
In criticizing Trump over the tweets, Cavuto noted that the three UCLA basketball players had already thanked him during a press conference.
"Is it me or does the president look like he's punching down when these are the incidents that get him all riled up?" Cavuto said. "Like he's using a bazooka to respond to a pea shooter. Is it really necessary?"
The television host asserted that Trump's response to the criticisms indicated that he had an unhealthy need for affirmation.
"This is about you, and respect shown to you, and constant praise shown to you and gratitude bordering on groveling shown to you," Cavuto said.
"Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States," Cavuto concluded. "Why don't you act like it?"