- Fox News anchor Shepard Smith sharply criticised the White House after the press secretary refused to answer a question regarding contradictory statements from the administration.
- Smith argued that the White House lied about a meeting between the president’s son and a Russian lawyer, and that the administration is refusing to come clean about it.
- “Someone’s not telling the truth,” Smith said. “These inconsistencies seem to be among the most consistent things that we live with now.”
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith sharply criticised the Trump administration following the revelation that President Donald Trump’s lawyers told the special counsel that Trump “dictated” a misleading statement put out by the White House last summer concerning his son, Donald Trump Jr.’s, meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower.
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Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said repeatedly last July that the president had no involvement in the drafting of the initial statement, which claimed the June 2016 meeting primarily consisted of discussion about the adoption of Russian children and included no mention of the Kremlin-connected lawyer’s offer to provide dirt on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Days later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president had, in fact, “weighed in” on the statement, but that he “certainly didn’t dictate” it.
But in a January letter to special counsel Robert Mueller, which was first published by The New York Times on Saturday, Sekulow and another White House lawyer conceded that the president “dictated a short but accurate response” to the reports on the Trump Tower meeting.
“It’s one of those days when you just don’t know what to do because we have two things put out as truth, and they’re opposites,” Smith said on Monday afternoon. “And as a result of the fact they’re opposites, one of them is untrue.”
Smith argued that the White House is “lying to us” and that the discrepancies reflect a much broader trend of untruths coming from the administration.
“Someone’s not telling the truth,” Smith said. “We clearly don’t like using this word, but these inconsistencies seem to be among the most consistent things that we live with now.”
Sanders refused to explain the discrepancy between her comments and those made by the president’s attorneys during a press briefing on Monday afternoon.
“This is from a letter from outside counsel, and I would refer you to them to answer that question,” she said.
Smith asked rhetorically, “Well, what difference does it really make, what happened way back in the day? It makes a lot of difference.”
The veteran Fox host is consistently critical of this president and his administration’s untruthful and misleading statements, unlike most anchors on his conservative network. In a lengthy profile in Time last year, Smith suggested that he’s one of the only sources of fact-based news on his channel.
“I wonder, if I stopped delivering the facts, what would go in its place in this place that is most watched, most listened, most viewed, most trusted?” he said. “I don’t know.”
Watch the clips below:
Shep on Trump's changing stories about the Trump tower meeting: "It's one of those days when you just don't know what to do because we have two things put out as truth, and they're opposites. And as a result of the fact they're opposites, one of them is untrue." pic.twitter.com/7v8dTcCKWt
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) June 4, 2018
Shep: Somebody's lying to us.
WSJ Reporter: Well, it's a discrepancy.
Shep: If one person says one thing, and another person says the opposite thing, someone's not telling the truth … these inconsistencies seem to be among the most consistent things that we live with now. pic.twitter.com/Sokk8o2O9m
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) June 4, 2018
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