“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
Coronavirus epidemic surges in South Korea as cases exceed 3,000
South Korea confirmed 813 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, the biggest increase to date for the country, taking the national total to 3,150 infections with four additional deaths.
Authorities also reported the country’s first case of reinfection – a 73-year-old woman who tested positive for a second time after her recovery and release from hospital last week.
The illness recurred “as her immune system had declined”, said Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official Kwon Jun-wook.
Donald Trump has launched a 2020 campaign disinformation juggernaut — and it’s gaining speed
This article first appeared in Salon.
Never Trumpers fear for their safety if they dare attend CPAC: report
On Saturday, Politico profiled a handful of longtime conservatives who have criticized President Donald Trump — and the general consensus was that they feared hostility at this year's annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
One such figure was former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea Party darling who has since attacked Trump for undermining the rule of law, and briefly mounted a presidential primary challenge. He attended CPAC as a guest of comedian Trevor Noah, and attendees who saw him seemed conflicted. "Torn between catching up with an old colleague and being singled out by observers as talking to a Trump foe, they split the difference — and instead kept asking him how his wife was doing," wrote Tina Nguyen.