Ouch! Hasselbeck seriously slaps down Josh Earnest in heated scuffle over Obama’s ‘setback’

There’s no love lost between the Obama administration and Fox News, and that was abundantly clear Wednesday morning when White House press secretary Josh Earnest got into a heated exchange with “Fox & Friends” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

In making a rare appearance on the network, Earnest was taken to task by Hasselbeck while discussing the language used by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry in response to the attack last week in Paris.

“To call this a ‘setback’ seems awful, at least to the American people,” she told Earnest, seizing on a remark the president made earlier this week.

Earnest replied by telling Hasselbeck that she should focus as much on Obama’s actions as she does his words.

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“His words matter, Josh,” she quickly interjected. “I have to stop you there. Josh I will stop you there. The president of the United States’ words matter.”

Earnest responded by doing what comes second nature to the Obama administration — attack Fox News.

“If you’re going to have me on your show to talk about a serious issue, then give me an opportunity to answer the question,” he fired back.

“I’m letting you know that our president’s words matter, not just to me, not just to the American people, but to those around the globe who are very concerned right now,” Hasselbeck answered. “Our president’s words matter. He called this a setback why?”

Suffice it to say, Earnest is not likely to be back on the network anytime soon.

Tom Tillison


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