Fox News anchor Bret Baier’s description of President Trump at a White House lunch with news anchors will not make his critics happy.
The president’s meeting for an off-the-record luncheon with news anchors Thursday came after a particularly bad week of negative press covering Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, an Oval Office meeting with Russian envoys that was closed to the American media and the fallout from what seemed like uncoordinated reports from the White House.
But Baier described Trump at the lunch in one word, and it wasn’t “scared.”
In fact, Baier told Fox News host Shepard Smith Thursday that the president seemed “like himself” though he thought the atmosphere at the lunch was “divisive.”
To sum it up, Trump seemed pretty “undeterred” the “Special Report” anchor said.
“The White House is hoping to turn the page, as you well know, with all the coverage,” Baier said, noting that the tone at the lunch was no different than that the president displays in many of his tweets, slamming his critics. Following the appointment of a special counsel to lead the Russia probe, Trump tweeted out Thursday about the “witch hunt” against him and his administration.
The lunch was expected to cover Trump’s nine-day visit to the Middle East and Europe, his first overseas trip since becoming president.
And though the gathering was off-the-record, journalists were still reporting what they were able to take away. Baier revealed that the president would soon be announcing a replacement for Comey and confirmed that the leading candidate for the spot is former Democratic senator Joe Lieberman.
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