On Thursday night, Charles Krauthammer praised President Trump‘s speech he gave in Poland, but criticized him and the press for their fixation on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
During a panel discussion on Special Report, host Bret Baier asked Krauthammer to weigh in on the exchange between MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson and Trump regarding whether or not he believed Russia interfered in the presidential election and how there’s a disconnect between Trump’s soft language on Russia and harsh language aimed at President Obama for “doing nothing” about Russia’s meddling.
“This was totally unnecessary,” Krauthammer began. “He stepped all over the message of what was one of- perhaps his best speech he’s given, a semi-historic speech he gave later in the day. There was no need to answer any of this!”
He said Trump could have punted the question by saying “the world is on fire,” but he simply “repeated” things he has already said.
“This was a historic day,” he continued. “This was a complete change… in the policy on Europe, on trade, on NATO, on Article 5, on all of this, and what are we hearing? What are the headlines? You know, ‘Obama Choked’ or this or ‘Obama Has His Reasons.'”
Krauthammer then pivoted the blame onto the press.
“The press I think is complicit in this,” he stated. “That is not the main story for God’s sake. The world is on fire. Something significant happened today, but they are obsessed, and the president plays into the obsession.”
Baier turned to Real Clear Politics editor A.B. Stoddard to comment on the fact that President Trump “has the choice” to answer or not answer these questions.
She gave him a long stare and said this:
“He prayed for Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s ratings on The Apprentice at the National Prayer Breakfast.”
Stoddard elaborated that Trump “runs the news cycle” and that “he actually knows exactly how to drive the subject of the day.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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