During her Tuesday opener, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace called President Donald Trump’s statement an outright “lie.”
Playing a clip of his remarks, Wallace highlighted a portion of the comments where Trump said that it took him a while to get a transcript of the remarks and see a video. He said he couldn’t understand the backlash.
“Yeah, that’s a lie. You know how long it takes when you’re a president to get a clip of your press conference? About 60 seconds,” said Wallace, who worked in George W. Bush’s White House. “We just learned that that stunning attempt at cleanup, most of it read from prepared remarks, followed an unscheduled meeting this morning of national security advisers concerning Russia.”
She went even further after announcing her guests, calling it “a flagrant lie and shameless lie to say he had to pull a transcript to pull what he said. The reaction was instant. He couldn’t have even been in the motorcade before his staff would have gone to him and say, ‘That landed with a thud you siding with Vladamir Putin over Dan Coats and the intelligence community.’ So, what gives with the web of lies he tried to weave today?”
NBC News Pentagon correspondent Hans Nichols said Tuesday that Trump did not attend his post-Helsinki intelligence briefing because he wanted to watch television.
Watch her full opening statement below: