At this point, it’s no secret that Donald Trump is a huge fan of “Fox & Friends” but his attitude could change after the morning talk show went on the offensive against the 45th POTUS’ call to Vladimir Putin.
After Trump called the Russian dictator to congratulate him on a forced political victory, show host Brian Kilmeade called the decision “horrifying.”
The President’s decision arrived after an intelligence report handed to Trump clearly stated, “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.” Putin’s election was clearly rigged and the country’s meddling in the U.S. election added to the growing fire.
“Fox & Friends” co-hosts Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt teed up a segment complaining about the media’s reaction to Trump calling Putin. It was, surprisingly, apologist Kilmeade who cut them short.
“Vladimir Putin is an evil person who goes out of his way to stomp on people he doesn’t like, and kill those who turn on him,” Kilmeade said.
His co-hosts tried to excuse the phone call, offering the false equivalence that President Obama “did the same thing” in 2012.
Kilmeade was quick to explain why President Obama’s call was much different.
“But this is after they meddled in the election,” Kilmeade said. “So that’s what made it so horrifying, along with the poisoning in Britain.”
The poisoning Kilmeade was speaking of occurred when Russia used a nerve agent attack last week on British soil.
Trump hasn’t taken the criticism kindly. He has attacked President Obama and claimed that he has better “chemistry” with Putin than the 44th POTUS.
Kilmeade’s attack came as a surprise to many viewers. “Fox & Friends” has long been considered a pro-Trump propaganda machine and a favorite destination for Trump supporters looking to validate their own thoughts via an echo chamber of like-minded supporters.
Is Fox News becoming less of a safe-haven for our dangerous POTUS? Let’s hope so.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.