Fox News reporter Chris Wallace on Friday said it was “inconceivable” that Donald Trump was unaware of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lobbying work with a company connected to the Turkish government while serving as an adviser on his campaign.
Reporters, including Fox’s John Roberts, grilled White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer over reports that a lawyer for Flynn warned the transition team that Trump’s top pick for national security adviser may have to register as a foreign agent.
Speaking with host Shep Smith, Wallace said it was “interesting” to watch Spicer try and “deflect” questions about when members of the Trump transition team—and Trump himself—became aware of Flynn’s connection, noting the press secretary gave an answer that “precisely misses the point.
“I suspect Sean knew that it missed the point, but he just didn’t want to answer,” Wallace added.
“Let’s assume that they didn’t know Michael Flynn was working as a foreign agent for Turkey at the time that he was the top security adviser to the president during the campaign,” The Fox News Sunday host offered. “Lets assume they didn’t know until the transition.”
“It seems inconceivable that it wouldn’t percolate up the transition chain and somebody would have said to Donald Trump, the new president-elect, ‘Hey, did you know that Mike Flynn as working as a foreign agent?” Wallace continued, wondering, “why would you ever run him as the national security adviser?”
Wallace pointed out that Flynn, during the campaign, was receiving briefings from the CIA as one of then-candidate Trump’s top security advisers and “never told Donald Trump that he’s on the retainer, a half million dollar retainer, from he government of Turkey?”
“I find that very hard to believe,” Wallace said, later repeating that “it seems inconceivable” that Trump either did not know, or knew and did not immediately fire Flynn.
“Something is missing,” Smith said.
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Trump scrambles to stop GOP from voting on House resolution calling him racist: ‘Republicans should not show weakness!’
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House Democrats plan to vote Tuesday on a formal condemnation of the president for repeatedly telling the quartet of lawmakers to go back to their home countries, although only one was not born in the U.S. and has become an American citizen.
"Those Tweets were NOT Racist," Trump insisted. "I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap."
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Beijing rebuffs Trump claims over economic slowdown
China on Tuesday rejected claims from US President Donald Trump that it is being forced to make a trade deal because of its slowing economy, as the two sides prepare for more talks.
Beijing and Washington have been locked in a stormy trade war that has seen them hit each other with tariffs covering more than $360 billion in two-way trade.
On Monday, China published data showing its quarterly growth had slipped to 6.2 percent -- the slowest in nearly 30 years.
After the publication of the trade figures, Trump tweeted: "This is why China wants to make a deal... with the U.S., and wishes it had not broken the original deal in the first place."