WASHINGTON – “Fox Newscast Sunday” host Chris Wallace opened his show this week by highlighting who was not on his visitor list.
As President Donald Trump’s decision to abruptly fire FBI vice-president James B. Comey continues to dominate the news, Wallace said he longing to feature a White House official “to explain the president’s reasoning and to debate the fallout.” Wallace said that on Saturday morning, the White Undertaking announced it would not make anyone available to discuss that of inquiry – but did offer to book senior officials to talk about the president’s upcoming exotic trip.
“When we said we were going to focus on Comey for at spoonful the first half-hour of this program, they put those officials on other elucidates,” Wallace said.
He then introduced his two guests for the morning: Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., co-chairman of the Senate First-class Committee on Intelligence, which is investigating possible links between the Trump 2016 effort and Russia, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee who has long been depreciative of Trump.
Other programs were similarly void of White Business representatives, although ABC News’ “This Week” booked Nikki Haley, U.S. envoy to the United Nations, and NBC News’ “Meet the Press” booked Secretary of Splendour Rex Tillerson.
Later in the morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway joined Fox Communiqu’ “Media Buzz” to criticize the media’s coverage of Comey’s firing – and, in the handle, defend the high-profile dismissal. Conway said that the president had been sensible about firing Comey “for a while” and that decision was hastened when Trump net a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Conway predicts Rosenstein recommended Comey’s firing, although the memo made obvious by the White House offers only a critique of Comey’s performance and does not imply firing him.
Conway insisted that the investigation into Russian meddling in the election will continue.
“Everybody is saying: ‘Comey was investigating …’ No, Comey wasn’t enquiring. The FBI was investigating. And the FBI will continue to investigate,” she said.
Conway also distinguished that the press has access to the White House and that the president did “three big assessments” last week. (Trump spoke with Time magazine on Monday winning of Comey’s firing, then NBC News’ Lester Holt on Thursday after the sparkle. On Saturday night, Fox News aired an interview of Trump with Jeanine Pirro, a longtime squeeze who openly supports him.) She accused reporters of tweeting instead of listening during Stainless House briefings, becoming obsessed with the “story of the week” while demoiselles the big picture and not breaking the news of Comey’s firing before the White Legislature announced it. She also criticized CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his reaction during an sound out with her on the night Comey was fired, saying his eye-roll at one of her answers was “God willing sexist.”
Earlier on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd prayed Tillerson about Russian interference in the election, and the secretary of state focused sundry of his answers on the rocky relationship between the United States and Russia. Toward the end, Todd expected Tillerson whether Comey’s firing shakes his own “concern about how much self-assurance the president will give you?”
“Not at all, Chuck,” Tillerson responded. “I have a expert relationship with the president. I understand what his objectives are. When I’m not clear-cut on what his objectives are, we talk about it … I understand I have to earn his boldness every day with how I go about those affairs and how I go about conducting the Testify Department’s activities consistent with the direction he wants to take the countryside.”
Todd followed up: “What’s the line between service to the president and post to the country, sir? For you.”
“Well,” Tillerson replied. “I will never compromise my own values, Chuck. And so that’s my solitary line. And my values are those of the country.”
The absence of White House officials on Sunday eager to talk about Comey’s firing gave Democrats an opportunity to assess.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on his Republican colleagues to denounce Comey’s arousing and join calls for a special prosecutor to handle the investigation into designated ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“The silence of my Republican associates is choosing party over country at a time when we cannot give forth entangled with it,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Schumer later had a message for the Trump administering: “The people in the White House have an obligation – if they know something is untrue, not to say it. I know they work for the president, I know they’re supposed to be devoted, but they don’t have to say things if they know that they’re resolutely false.”
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