President Trump slammed Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Sunday for his liberally-biased coverage of the Ukraine story.
“Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one,” Trump tweeted. “It was only Schiff’s made-up version of that conversation that was bad!”
Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019
Mike Wallace, longtime CBS “60 Minutes” reporter, was his son’s “in” to the news business.
With Shepard Smith’s sudden departure from Fox News last week, Chris Wallace is likely the most strident anti-Trump staffer remaining at the network.
Wallace has consistently taken issue with the administration, most recently with the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that Democrats have used as a rationale for launching an impeachment inquiry.
As an example, on Sunday, Oct. 6, Wallace used his interview with Republican Rep. Chris Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, to try to make a case for the debunked “quid pro quo” angle as a reason to put the president on trial.
“All right, I want to pick up on what you said at the very top, which is that there is no quid pro — no linkage between President Trump’s asking the Ukrainian president Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and U.S. support, including $400 million in military aid to Ukraine,” Wallace said. “There are a number of documents that your committee has received this week, and bear with me I’m going to go through just three of them and read them.
“July 25th,” the news host continued. “This is the morning before the phone call between Zelensky and Trump. U.S. envoy Volker to a Ukrainian aid, heard from the White House. Assuming President Zelensky convinces Trump he will investigate, get to the bottom of what happened in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington.
“August 10th. The Ukrainian aide to Volker, once we have a date for Zelensky to visit Trump, we’ll call a press briefing announcing upcoming visit and outlining vision for the reboot of U.S.-Ukraine relationship, including other things, Burisma — that’s the company where Hunter Biden was on the board — and election meddling in investigation.
“Finally, September 1st. The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, to Ambassador Gordon Sondland, are we now saying that security assistance and White House meeting are conditioned on investigations? Sondland, call me,” Wallace said.
“Now, Sondland later says that there was no quid pro quo. But I’ve got to tell you, you read these e-mails, both before and after, and I just took three, Congressman, it seems that Ukrainian officials and some top American officials saw — sure saw a quid pro quo,” he added.
“Chris, it’s just not true,” Rep. Stewart replied. “And this is a great example of the dishonesty of how this investigation is being run. And I wish we could elaborate that on Chairman Schiff and the dishonesty that he has displayed.”
“This is another example of it,” the congressman added. “They take little snippets of e-mails and texts, they leak those without releasing the transcript. If you released the transcript of this — of this entire hearing, it’s very clear that Mr. Volker and others have said there was no quid pro quo.”
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