A combative Chris Wallace called out Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Sunday morning over his attempts to dismiss reports of Russian involvement in the president’s campaign as “fake news.”
The Fox News Sunday host, who earlier attacked Trump over referring to the media as “the enemy of the people,” went after Priebus early, at one time lecturing him, “You don’t get to tell us what to do any more than Barack Obama did. Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time, but I gotta say, he never said we were an enemy of the people.”
Addressing a New York Times report that claimed that top Trump operatives were in contact with the Russians prior to the election, Priebus complained about the media using “anonymous sources,” before calling it “fake news.”
“I can assure you, and I’ve been to say this, that the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that that that story is not only inaccurate, but it’s grossly overstated and it’s wrong and there’s nothing to it,” Priebus asserted. “If I can say that to the American people, then what does it say about the story?”
“I get the fact that you don’t like some stories,” Wallace replied. “You say, because you weren’t part of the campaign before so that you can’t speak to that, you say that the intelligence community says that there were no contacts between anyone in the Trump campaign, no associates of Mr. Trump and anybody involved as a Russian agent, as to the campaign and collusion in the campaign.”
“They made it very clear that that story in the New York Times is complete garbage,” Priebus replied. “Quite frankly they used different words than that, okay?”
“Who was it that said that, ” Wallace shot back.
“I’m not going to tell you,” Priebus parried.
“Wait a minute, Reince,” a frustrated Wallace exclaimed. “You just complained about unnamed sources. You’re using an unnamed source.”
“Well, I didn’t ask for approval to use their name,” Priebus said after a long pause. “But when I say top level people, I mean top level people.”
“Reince, here is the problem, I don’t have a problem with you complaining about an individual story,” Wallace replied. “We sometimes get it wrong, you guys sometimes get it wrong. I don’t have any problem with you complaining about bias. But you went a lot further than that, or the president went a lot further. He said that the fake media, not certain stories, that the fake media are an enemy to the country. We don’t have a state-run media in this country, that’s what they have in dictatorships.”
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