Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had no patience Sunday for the nonsense coming from Chris Wallace, shutting down the “Fox News Sunday” host over the media-hyped controversy about President Trump’s remarks on accepting foreign information on an opponent.
Characterizing the president’s remarks as inviting opposition research on his political rivals, Wallace played a clip of the ABC News interview Trump did last week with anchor George Stephanopoulos and asked Pompeo, “Is accepting oppo research from a foreign government right or wrong?”
Cutting to the chase, Pompeo all but called the question ridiculous.
“You asked me not to call any of your questions today ridiculous,” he told Wallace. “You came really close right now.”
“President Trump is been very clear,” Pompeo added. “He clarified his remarks later, he made it very clear. Even in his first comments, he said I would do both. He said I would call the FBI.”
“He said maybe I would do both,” Wallace interjected, trying to correct the Trump administration official.
“President Trump has been very clear that he will always make sure that he gets it right for the American people and I’m confident he will do that here as well,” Pompeo countered, his patience for what amounts to a hypothetical scenario running thin.
“At the risk of getting your ire,” Wallace responded, “the president told Fox and Friends on Friday, and I agree, he kind of walked back —.”
“He didn’t walk it back,” Pompeo interrupted.
“Yes he did,” Wallace said. “Because he said maybe on Thursday and then on Friday on “Fox & Friends” he said he would listen first and if the information was bad that he would take it to the FBI or the Attorney General, but he also made it clear to George Stephanopoulos that he did not see this as foreign interference.”
Wallace then played a second clip of Trump saying “there’s nothing wrong with listening,” and that the information may not be interference.
“He says it’s not interference, its information,” the Fox News anchor said, citing George Washington as he proceeded to lecture Pompeo about our “long history” of saying “foreign interference in our elections is unacceptable.”
In light of the fact that Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid an ex-foreign spy for dirt on Donald Trump, which was then picked up by the FBI to spy on his campaign, Pompeo was finished with talking about would have, could have, should have.
“President Trump believes that too. I have nothing further to add,” he said, his indifference toward the subject impossible to miss.
Pompeo then went in for the kill — metaphorically speaking, of course.
“I came on to talk about foreign policy,” he said. “And I think it’s the third time you’ve asked me about a Washington piece of… silliness that chased down a story that’s inconsistent with what I’ve seen President Trump do every single day.”
Suffice it to say, with Pompeo on the verge of uttering an expletive, Wallace got the message.
But then, this is not the first time Wallace has been Pompeo’d.
Chris Wallace gets Pompeo-ed: Your viewers should not be misled because ‘you continue to be fixated on something Robert Mueller wrote’ https://t.co/v6imWIAeTP
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 5, 2019
Just last month, Pompeo verbally slapped the Fox News host around over his obsession with Russia, after Wallace asked why Trump wasn’t getting tough on President Vladimir Putin.
“You’re looking at an administration that has been tougher on Russia than any of its predecessors, and yet you continue to be fixated on something that Robert Mueller wrote down,” Pompeo said. “I … I … I struggle with that.”
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