Fox News host Melissa Francis was shocked on Wednesday after President Donald Trump indicated that he didn’t believe that Russian operatives were still targeting the United States.
During Fox’s Outnumbered, the hosts showed a clip of a White House cabinet meeting in which Trump denied Russia was still attempting to interfere with U.S. elections.
“At the beginning [reporters] said ‘are they still meddling’ it sounded like? And he said no,” Francis said after the clip.
“He does not believe that Russia is still meddling,” host Harris Faulkner interjected.
“All he said was no — which sounds insane,” Francis said.
She speculated that Trump might believe that U.S. authorities are successfully preventing Russian hacks. “Who knows,” Francis remarked.
“It doesn’t sound remotely reasonable. It sounds insane. I’m only saying he could be saying that we are now stopping it, but to deny that Russia is trying to meddle, forever and has been forever, would be totally insane,” she added.
Trump’s own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, has said that Russia was targeting “American society in ways that could affect our midterm elections.”
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Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.
"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."
FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon
A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.
Mike Pompeo asks Egypt to stop harassing US citizens
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Egypt's release of a US citizen but urged the ally to stop harassment of others.
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was freed Monday, nearly 16 months after he was arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square for holding up a sign seeking the release of prisoners, according to human rights campaigners.
A dual US-Egyptian citizen who lives in New Jersey, he had gone on a hunger strike this year to protest his conditions.
"We thank Egypt for securing his release and his repatriation," Pompeo told a news conference.
"But at the same time, we urge Egyptian officials to stop unwarranted harassment of US citizens and their families who remain there," he said.