This morning on Fox many critics are claiming the interview this morning with the President crossed the line and was “basically state-run TV.” Here is what occured….
President Trump finally came clean on the fact that there were no tapes of is conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. He also told Fox News reporter, Ainsley Earnhardt, why he “bluffed” with the press about the possibility of even having the tapes. He said that we wanted to keep Comey honest.
Trump stated in the interview that when James Comey found out there was a possibility of tapes, “I think his story may have changed.” When Earnhardt noted that keeping the tapes was “a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearing,” Trump responded, “Well, uh, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that.”
Trump continued in the interview, “He did admit that what I said was right, and if you look further back before he heard about that, I think maybe he wasn’t admitting that. So I think maybe you’ll need to do a little investigative reporting to determine that, but I don’t think it will be that hard.”
The president first mentioned the possibility of taped recordings of conversations with Comey after the firing when news leaked out about Comey feeling “uncomfortable” with his meetings with Trump. And in this recent interview, he still created some suspicion when he said, “Well I didn’t tape him,” Trump said. “You never know what’s happening when you see that the Obama administration and perhaps longer than that was doing all this unmasking and surveillance and you read all about it and I’ve been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the and the horrible situation of surveillance all over the place.”
But Trump made this part very clear, “But I didn’t tape, and I don’t have any tapes, and I didn’t tape, but when he found out that there may be tapes out there, whether its governmental tapes or anything else and who knows, I think his story may have changed,” he added. And the president maintains that his story on the Comey issue has “never changed.” “My story was the straight story. My story never changed,” Trump declared.
As a result of Earnhardt statement agreeing with the President, she has received a lot of criticisms claiming she has lost objectivity. However, her comment isn’t much different from the perspective of other journalists behavior in America (example, Chris Matthews “thrill up his leg). Additionally, Earnhardt is a TV host and not a journalist. Her job is to make guests feel comfortable. However, when you get time with the President during a period when a lot of news is breaking one must take advantage of the opportunity.
Do you think her comments crossed the line? Or are people just piling on because she supports the President?
So what are your thoughts about Trump acknowledging that he “bluffed” with the idea of tapes of the Comey conversations?