Trump Reportedly Booked Fox & Friends Interview Himself When Talking to Steve Doocy on Phone
President Donald Trump apparently made the deal to appear on Fox and Friends all by himself and chose what he dubbed “a very, very special day” to have his first television interview in months.
At the start of the freewheeling and far-reaching interview, Trump hinted that he had personally handled the booking, telling the hosts, “Well, good morning, and I picked a very, very special day, because it’s Melania’s birthday, so I said let’s do it on Melania’s birthday. So, happy birthday to Melania.”
Then on Friday, CBS confirmed, via two sources, that it was actually the president himself — not his staff — who got the ball rolling on the booking.
According to the CBS report, “A White House official confirmed that Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy invited the president to appear on his show over the phone and Mr. Trump accepted.”
Trump then handed the booking over to his staff to work the details out.
While Trump has been known to phone his Fox friends, it is not common for a sitting president to work out his own appearances.
Trump’s off-the-script remarks when he called into the morning show also raised eyebrows.
During the untamed Melania birthday interview the president spouted off on a number of issues, including saying this about James Comey:
[He] also leaked the memos, which are classified. Nobody unclassified them. And those memos were about me, and they’re phony memos. He didn’t write those memos accurately. He put a lot of phony stuff. For instance, I went to Russia for a day or so — a day or two because I own the Miss Universe pageant. So, I went there to watch it, because it was near Moscow. So I go to Russia — now, I did go there — everybody knows. The locks are there, the planes are there. He said I didn’t stay there a night. Of course, I stayed there. I stayed there a very short period of time, but, of course, I stayed. Well, his memo said I left immediately. I never said that. I never said I left immediately.
He also sounded off about “this crazy Stormy Daniels deal” and defended Ronny Jackson.
Trump, however, seemed pleased by the chance to vent on Fox and according to Kellyanne Conway said after the interview he booked himself that he’d like to come on Fox and Friends once a month.
Watch the interview above, via Fox News.
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