“Fox and Friends” assured viewers they could ignore a federal watchdog agency’s findings that President Donald Trump broke the law by withholding Ukraine aid.
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found the White House Office of Management and Budget violated the law by freezing $400 million in congressionally approved military aid, but the Fox News hosts suggested the agency was only trying to hurt the president.
“Do you think it’s just a coincidence that that news would drop exactly the same day the (impeachment) trial started?” said co-host Steve Doocy.
Co-hosts Pete Hegseth and Ainsley Earhardt agreed, and accepted administration denials at face value.
“A senior administration official said they are doing this so they can insert themselves into the impeachment when there is so much media attention,” Earhardt said. “If you look at all the networks, and we’re going to go through it in a moment, and their coverage of the impeachment trial, they love to hear this. They love to hear that this watchdog agency, they love to hear that they have determined that the president violated the law when it withheld that aid to Ukraine.”
“However the Office of Management and Budget disagrees with it,” she added. “They say the president has a right to do this.”
Hegseth complained about the unfairness of it all, and urged viewers to vote Republican to save the president.
“It’s the impeachment that never ends and never will end,” he said. “I would argue, even all the way through November, should the president win re-election, may never end, either, unless the House, the majority of the House changes hands, which becomes important.”
Fox and Friends floats a conspiracy theory that the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office is anti-Trump: “Do you think it’s just a coincidence that that news would drop exactly the same day the [impeachment] trial started?” pic.twitter.com/19K9gXSwEN
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 17, 2020
Paul Krugman issues dire warning about next four months under Trump
In his column for the New York Times, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman expressed dismay that -- even with coronavirus infection rates going through the roof across the country --Donald Trump is still acting like the health crisis is over and Americans should return to their normal lives.
Noting that Vice President Mike Pence recently penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal proclaiming, “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave',” the columnist was gobsmacked by the Trump administration's "delusions and magical thinking that have marked every step of the Trump administration’s response to Covid-19."
‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster
On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.
"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."
Republicans ‘anxious’ as campaign aides observe ‘a sudden alertness’ in Trump that he is losing: report
Republican are growing increasingly worried about President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, according to a new report in Politico.
“I’d say Republicans are feeling anxious, and there’s a real sense of urgency for the president to precisely define his second term agenda. What are we running on? His answers on that have been lacking and he needs to show people why he wants four more years,” Scott Jennings, a top political adviser in the George W. Bush White House, told the publication.