As questions swirl around Donald Trump’s associates’ clandestine meetings with Russia operatives, journalists on Thursday are prepared to pepper the president with the very questions he appears adamant to avoid when he holds a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy on Thursday argued the press is “unpatriotic” for using this conference to get some answers from the president.
“He is going to have to address it, and you know that the Democrats and the liberals in the media are so unhinged that it is going to come up in this press conference,” Campos-Duggy began. “And what is exciting about a Donald Trump news conference as you really can’t predict what is going to happen.”
“It used to be unpatriotic to ask these kinds of questions on foreign soil,” she continued. “And I think that this just shows where the Democrats are at. It is all it is all about obstructing, and taking this president down.”
“I think we can all agree there are a lot of things that used to be unpatriotic that have been accepted by the Republican Party, but goodness, for President Trump, there could not be a better time for him to escape the United States,” Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene said.
“But the great thing about this press conference is that we actually get to ask the president questions,” she added. “The fact that he is only doing press conferences with other world leaders is a really bad sign for our democracy.”
Trump has not held a press conference on U.S. soil since June 9, when he stood beside President Klaus Iohannis of Romania and answered fueled questions over whether he has tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey (he doesn’t).
The last time Trump stood solo before the press was his freewheeling February 16 news conference, where the president attacked the media and declared “Russia is fake news.”
In the months since, the investigation into Trump associates’ ties to Russia has expanded to include the president’s own son, Donald Trump Jr., after he proved willing to obtain information on former rival Hillary Clinton from an emissary of the Russian government. That meeting was also attended by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
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Police in Bolivia pepper spray journalist ‘on purpose’ during live coverage of anti-coup protests
Becoming part of the story she was seeking to cover, international news correspondent Teresa Bo was assaulted by Bolivian state security forces on Friday—shot directly in the face, while on camera, with tear gas or pepper spray.
Perpetrated while she was reporting for Al-Jazeera English in the city of La Paz—where ongoing streets protests erupted this week after a coup forced the resignation of the nation's president Evo Morales—the attack on Bo, which occurred while she was giving an on-camera account of the protests, was caught on film.
Al Jazeera's @TeresaBo has been intentionally tear-gassed in the eyes by Bolivian police while on air. She was simply trying to report what was happening. And, being a total pro, she kept right on doing it. pic.twitter.com/74foN7tvRF
Iran leader backs petrol price hike that sparked deadly unrest
Iran's supreme leader on Sunday threw his support behind a decision to hike petrol prices, a move that sparked nationwide unrest in which he said "some lost their lives".
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed "hooligans" for damaging property and said "all the centres of the world's wickedness against us have cheered" the street protests.
Several people were wounded and dozens arrested in two days of demonstrations that saw motorists block highways and others attack public property in cities across the Islamic republic.
In a speech aired on state television, Khamenei said "some lost their lives and some centres were damaged" in the unrest.
News Hong Kong police officer hit by arrow as protesters dig in at campus
A police officer was struck by an arrow fired by a Hong Kong protester on Sunday, as fierce clashes raged around a campus which has turned into a base for a pro-democracy movement whose unrelenting protests have plunged the city into turmoil.
Protests have tremored through the global financial hub since June with many in the city of 7.5 million people venting fury at eroding freedoms under Chinese rule.
China has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate the dissent, and there have been concerns that Beijing could send in troops to put an end to the unrest.
HONG KONG POLICE FORCE/AFP / STRINGER A police officer was shot in the leg