Fox News host Shepard Smith on Monday observed that President Donald Trump himself never said anything negative about Russian President Vladimir Putin, even as his administration took action to punish the country.
During an interview with Axios reporter Alayna Treene, Smith noted that the United States had expelled 60 alleged Russian spies from the country in response to a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom.
“We haven’t seen the president or this white house take such strong action like this,” Treene noted.
“Exactly,” Smith replied. “We’ve reported on that, we have observed those things, as anyone else can, the White House — if we’ve been tough on anybody, it’s not Russia.
“Now with these expulsions, the strong words of Raj Shah and others, is it’s time for a narrative change there?” he continued. “Has the United States made the push it needs to towards the Russians or do we still need to hear from the president, a man from whom we have not heard criticism yet?”
“It’s very interesting to see how the White House is reacting to this and the way they’re announcing it. The president didn’t go ahead and say this himself. He used the press secretary Sarah Sanders,” Treene said.
“The president has a hard line on Russia, a hard red line. That’s Vladimir Putin,” Treene added. “He won’t directly criticize Vladimir Putin himself, but he will do so in an administrative way. You know, as we’re seeing these actions ramp up, it’s going to get a lot harder for him not to personally attack Vladimir Putin but do it administratively so.”
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Internet debates ‘the dumbest thing Brian Kilmeade has ever said’
Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade has received a great deal of attention -- and criticism -- during the Trump era.
Kilmeade co-hosts one of the President's favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt on weekday mornings. He also a show on the Fox News Radio network and frequently appears on "The Five."
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship play-by-play sportscaster has also been harshly criticized for the type of comments that make the show a favorite for the president.
Journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who was widely praised her interview of Lisa Page, decided to explore Kilmeade's comments.
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"To everyone who asks whether we are moving too quickly, I say the president's lawyer is moving quickly to continue to ask a foreign government to cheat our elections, and doing nothing is completely off the table," said Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the two most crucial committees in the impeachment inquiry. "We have to secure our elections. We have powerful, uncontradicted evidence now. And now is the time to hold the president accountable and determine just which impeachment articles we should proceed with."
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"Wolf, the reality is that the last three years, they've been trying to overturn the will of the American people. They're trying to take away the votes of the American people," said Short. "This whole impeachment has been a sham. What they've tried to prove there is no proof of ... I think it sets a dangerous precedent."
"Here's what I don't understand," said Blitzer. "If the president has nothing to hide, it was a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine, why not cooperate, provide the documents, why not let individuals go before the committees and testify?"