Dana Perino: ‘Galling’ For Ex-Obama Officials to Criticize Trump Given Their Track Record on Russia
In the wake of the almost universally condemned press conference from President Donald Trump following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Fox News host Dana Perino is doing some world-class both sides-ing.
Speaking Monday on The Daily Briefing, Perino — the former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush — suggested that criticism from former White House staffers who worked under President Barack Obama should be taken with a grain of salt, given their own handling of Russia.
“Is it a little galling to listen to Obama Administration officials talk about getting tough on Russia when the Crimea situation, the Syria situation, the Ukrainian situation, all of these things were not dealt with under Obama either?” Perino asked guest Steven Yates — former deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney.
“They don’t have any legs to stand on,” Yates said. Then, taking aim at former CIA Director John Brennan (who called Trump’s press conference “treasonous”), Yates added, “John Brennan is no less of a political hack than the man he is trying to criticize.”
Yates went on to dismiss Brennan’s critique as “rank partisanship.”
“We will see much more of that,” Perino said.
While the Obama administration’s record on Russia is up for debate, the idea that his staffers should not be permitted to criticize Trump for being weak with Russia — given that the U.S. intelligence community has now unanimously concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 election (a conclusion reached after Obama left office) — can best be summed up using Perino’s word.
Watch above, via Fox News.
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