Though disagreement about the Iran nuclear deal was the apparent cause for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s firing, a disagreement about who caused a former Russian spy to fall ill from a poisoning also foreshadowed his abrupt ouster.
Responding to the ex-Russian spy poisoning scandal — which both Tillerson and the UK have blamed on Russia while President Donald Trump reserves judgement — Fox News host Shep Smith was incredulous.
“As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia or whoever it may be,” Trump said during a press conference earlier in the day.
“Information like that, intelligence like that — it’s all one thing,” the Fox News host said. “That doesn’t make sense.”
The Associated Press’ Josh Lederman, who was on the plane with Tillerson when he returned to D.C. from Africa a day early in the hours prior to being publicly fired, said Trump’s message was very different from the secretary of state’s.
Tillerson, the AP reporter continued, noted that the poison used on the former Kremlin spy “clearly came from Russia.”
“Tillerson seemed eager to actually go after Russia and described this as part of a broader pattern of increasing Russian aggression,” Lederman continued. “Yet at the White House we hear a lot more caution about drawing any conclusions about this incident.”
Smith noted that the president and the White House have paid lip service to “standing by” British Prime Minister Theresa May, who strongly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for the poisoning, but have not acted accordingly.
“What you say is one thing,” the host concluded, “but what they’re doing is really not that.”
Watch below, via Fox News:
Mitch McConnell flattened by ex-White House official for plan to rush through Ginsburg replacement
Appearing with CNN host Anderson Cooper, former White House adviser David Gergen rained hell on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after he announced he would rush through a vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just hours after it was announced she had passed away.
Gergen, who served in the White House under both Republican and Democratic presidents seemed beside himself with anger when he talked about McConnell who notoriously blocked Merrick Garland from the court after being nominated by former President Barack Obama.
"Mitch McConnell has just thrown down the gauntlet, we're going to have a titanic fight over this," Gergen exclaimed. "Yes, as Jeffrey [Toobin] has said, it will mobilize a lot of people on the right, the hunger still to overturn Roe vs Wade to get social issues on the 6-3 court, they will think Donald Trump has delivered on his promises."
Brit Hume urges Trump not to ‘put the country through this’ by replacing RBG before the election
Fox News contributor Brit Hume reacted to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by cautioning Republican leaders against replacing the liberal icon before the November election.
Hume made the remarks on Fox News after noting that both President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have previously vowed to hypothetically have a nominee approved before the election.
"Lindsey Graham back in 2018... said that even if were were just into the primary season, he would not want to see a nominee advance in the election year," Hume explained. "I think the circumstances may have changed since [McConnell] outlined that."
Embattled GOP Senator caught fundraising on the Supreme Court within minutes of RBG’s death: report
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday night.
For many Americans, the death was so troubling that "No. No. No." trended nationwide on Twitter.
But for embattled Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), the death was apparently an opportunity to raise campaign cash, according to the local political website Iowa Starting Line.
Ernst is being challenged in November by Democrat Theresa Greenfield. The Des Moines Register newspaper is set to release new poll results on the race on Saturday.