Category: Chris Wallace

July 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Shepard Smith blew up at the Trump administration during his show when another revelation about the Russian meeting in June 2016 broke into the headlines, apparently contradicting Donald Trump Jr.’s that the whole story was out. He made the comments Friday on Fox News while speaking with Chris Wallace.

“The emails, well in fact, this was supposed to be,” Wallace said, “and what the Trump folks took the meeting to accomplish was the Russian government trying to give information about Hillary Clinton as part of an effort to swing the election to Donald Trump. So, you know you’re exactly right, we’ve been told a variety of stories. We’ve gotten – and who knows if we’ve even gotten to the end of the story, we’ve only got to the end of the story with the emails.”

“I know that we haven’t,” Smith said, “I know that we haven’t because there’s news breaking at this moment, Chris.”

“Fox News can now confirm,” Smith said dramatically turning to the camera. “New, more, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, the lawyer from Russia, the interpreter, this new guy we found about today, and a mystery person. John Roberts confirms there was an eighth person in that meeting.”

“We don’t know there may have been more but there was an eighth,” he added.

“Jared Kushner filled out his form, I think it’s an F-86,” Smith explained, “saying who he had met with and what he’d done. Very important stuff, you can go to prison for messing it up, y’know, intentionally.”

“He went back and added one hundred names and places,” he continued. “None of these people made it. They – we’re still not clean on this, Chris, if there’s nothing there, and that’s what they tell us, they tell us there’s nothing to this, nothing came of it, there’s a nothing-burger, it wasn’t memorable, didn’t write it down, didn’t tell ya about it because it wasn’t anything so I didn’t even remember it!”

“With a Russian interpreter in the room at Trump Tower,” he added sarcastically.

“If all of that, why all these lies?” Smith demanded. “Why is it lie after lie after lie? If you’re clean, come on clean! Y’know?”

“My grandmother used to say, ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive,’” he said, paraphrasing a Shakespeare verse.

“The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling!” He exclaimed. “And there are still people out there who believe we’re making it up. And one day they’re gonna realize we’re not, and look around and go, where are we and why are we getting told all these lies.”

“You know, I don’t know what to say,” Wallace responded, almost speechless. I think there’s a lot of truth to everything that you’ve said.”

On Friday it was discovered that the meeting in June 2016 with Trump Jr. and other Trump associates with a Russian lawyer also included a Russian-born lobbyist who is said to have had counter-intelligence experience in Russia, and two unidentified persons. Critics have taken this to show that Trump Jr. had not being completely upfront about all the details of the controversial meeting.

President Trump said that he was proud of the transparency of his son for divulging the emails about the meeting.

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Posted in Chris Wallace, Donald Trump Jr., Fox News, Politics, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Shepard Smith, Trump Jr Russia, Trump Jr. emails

June 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace grilled former Vice President and climate change alarmist Al Gore Sunday over claims he made in his popular 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The more than 10-minute interview was mostly civil until Wallace confronted Gore over the faulty claims. Wallace reminded Gore that in his documentary he claimed that unless the world “took drastic measures the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years.”

Wallace added that in his publicity of the movie, Gore claimed that if the world didn’t act, man-made global warming would result in a “true planetary emergency.”

Many predictions made by scientists and other climate change alarmists like Gore have failed to come true. For example, in 2007 Gore predicted that the summer Arctic ice in the North Pole would completely disappear by 2013 due to global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions.

That, however, never came true. The same can be said for many of Gore’s claims and that’s exactly what Wallace confronted him over.

“Weren’t you wrong?” Wallace asked.

“No,” Gore replied. “Well we have seen a decline in emissions on a global basis. For the first time they’ve stabilized and started to decline. So some of the responses for the last 10 years have helped, but unfortunately and regrettably a lot of serious damage has been done.”

“Greenland, for example, has been losing one cubic kilometer of ice every single day. I went down to Miami and saw fish from the ocean swimming in the streets on a sunny day. The same thing was true in Honolulu just two days ago, just from high tides because of the sea level rise now,” he added.

Gore went on to explain that the world is now only going to face “some” of the many consequences he once warned about.

“We are going to suffer some of these consequences, but we can limit and avoid the most catastrophic consequences if we accelerate the pace of change that’s now beginning,” Gore said.

Among other predictions Gore made that never came true was his claim that storms would become more intense and the world would see stronger hurricanes on a more frequent basis. He also claimed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa would lose it’s snowpack by 2016. But that also hasn’t happened — and it’s not even close.

Watch Gore’s interview below. The relevant portion begins around the 8:30 mark:

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May 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Professor Jonathan Gruber, who is the chief architect of Obamacare, attempted to blame the law’s failures on President Donald Trump on Sunday.

During a segment on “Fox News Sunday” where host Chris Wallace noted the recent Obamacare premium hikes and the fact that health insurance companies are dropping from the marketplace, Gruber tried to pin Obamacare’s failures on Trump.

Noting that in Iowa all but five counties have only one insurance company — Medica, who said recently they are considering leaving the Iowan marketplace completely — Wallace said that Iowans, like many Americans, are facing a severe shortage of health insurance options thanks to Obamacare.

But according to Gruber, Trump is the man to blame.

“Look, and whose fault is this?” Gruber said. “Before President Trump was elected, there were no counties in America that did not have an insurer.”

Gruber tried to bury his outrageous claim by moving on, but Wallace wasn’t having it.

“Wait, wait, wait, wait,” Wallace interrupted. “Wait, you’re going to blame the problems with Obamacare on President Trump?”

Indeed, Gruber was. He went on to say that Obamacare was working fine before Trump “undercut” the Obamacare enrollment and renegaded on the “obligations [Obamacare] makes to the insurers.”

“And as a result, premiums are going up and insurers are exiting,” Gruber added.

However, that isn’t exactly the truth. Health care premiums under Obamacare have been going up for years. To make matters worse, and to make health insurance even more unaffordable, plans today come with insane deductibles, making many plans useless.

But it was announced last October that Obamacare premiums would skyrocket an average of 24 percent in 2017, while some states, like Arizona, saw increases up to 116 percent — long before Trump was in the White House or even elected president.

Gruber wasn’t able to make many more accusations before Wallace had to move the segment along.

Still, during the rest of the 11-minute segment, Gruber further blamed Obamacare’s collapse on Trump, saying that Trump’s election last November caused “massive uncertainty” in the marketplace, causing premiums to go up and insurers to exit the marketplace.

He also claimed that before Trump, health insurance companies were making a profit and happy with Obamacare. This, however, is demonstrably false.

Watch the segment below:

Posted in Chris Wallace, Donald Trump, Fox News, Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare, Politics, watch

February 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh tore into the mainstream media during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” over the weekend and explained that no matter how hard the media tries to “destroy” President Donald Trump, they will fail in the end.

“The media did not make Donald Trump, and they can’t destroy him,” Limbaugh declared to host Chris Wallace Sunday.

“They have a formula, they have a blueprint for destroying Republican political officials they don’t like,” Limbaugh explained, citing ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.

“It’s not gonna work on Trump,” he explained. “He doesn’t fit that mold. They’re trying to every day. It’s kind of comical to watch.”

Wallace then press Limbaugh over whether or not Trump’s controversial tweet about the media — where he said the “fake news” media is the “enemy” of the American people — “goes too far.”

“I think that there’s something to it,” Limbaugh replied, explaining that the media isn’t necessarily an enemy of the American people, but rather an enemy of Trump.

“Trump won the election, on substance. Trump did more interviews. He explained his agenda more than any political presidential candidate ever has in my memory. And he has tried to stick to it.” Limbaugh went on to say. “This effort … it’s clearly anti-Trump.”

“Trump has a connection with his voters that most politicians don’t have…and that connection that he has is not anything that anybody else can break — only he can break it,” Limbaugh added.

During the interview, Limbaugh and Wallace also discussed the allegations that Russia played a role in electing Trump, Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration and refugees, as well as Trump’s advancement of domestic policy.

Watch Limbaugh’s interview below:

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May 2nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

During an appearance with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump defended his controversial “woman card” comments aimed at Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump originally had lashed out at Clinton on Tuesday night during his victory speech in New York, saying, “Well, I think the only card she’s got going is the woman’s card … and, frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote.”

On Sunday, Wallace confronted Trump over his comments and brought up a recent poll that showed only 24 percent of women had a favorable view of Trump.

Image source: YouTube

Image source: YouTube

“Now, I have to tell you strategists in both parties say if you consciously went about it, if you specifically planned you couldn’t have said anything that would drive your numbers among women even lower,” Wallace said.

Trump responded, saying, “Really? Okay, well, I’m my own strategist, and I liked what I said and it’s true. I only tell the truth, and that’s why people vote for me.”

Wallace then tried another angle of approach.

“Regardless of whether you like her or not, or you think she should be president or not … she was a senator. She was the Secretary of State for four years,” Wallace responded. “To say if she were a man she’d get five percent — isn’t that kind of dismissive?”

Trump responded, “Bernie Sanders said she shouldn’t be allowed to run, that she’s not capable, and you know, what he said is incredible…”

Trump went on to add that Clinton “is a strong person and is going to have to be able to take it. The fact is, the only card she has is the woman’s card. She’s done a lousy job in so many ways and even women don’t like her. They don’t like her. But it is the woman’s card, and she plays it, and I’ll let you know in about six months whether or not she plays it well.”

This segment plays around the 2:43 minute-mark on the video below.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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May 2nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

During an appearance with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump defended his controversial “woman card” comments aimed at Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump originally had lashed out at Clinton on Tuesday night during his victory speech in New York, saying, “Well, I think the only card she’s got going is the woman’s card … and, frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote.”

On Sunday, Wallace confronted Trump over his comments and brought up a recent poll that showed only 24 percent of women had a favorable view of Trump.

Image source: YouTube

Image source: YouTube

“Now, I have to tell you strategists in both parties say if you consciously went about it, if you specifically planned you couldn’t have said anything that would drive your numbers among women even lower,” Wallace said.

Trump responded, saying, “Really? Okay, well, I’m my own strategist, and I liked what I said and it’s true. I only tell the truth, and that’s why people vote for me.”

Wallace then tried another angle of approach.

“Regardless of whether you like her or not, or you think she should be president or not … she was a senator. She was the Secretary of State for four years,” Wallace responded. “To say if she were a man she’d get five percent — isn’t that kind of dismissive?”

Trump responded, “Bernie Sanders said she shouldn’t be allowed to run, that she’s not capable, and you know, what he said is incredible…”

Trump went on to add that Clinton “is a strong person and is going to have to be able to take it. The fact is, the only card she has is the woman’s card. She’s done a lousy job in so many ways and even women don’t like her. They don’t like her. But it is the woman’s card, and she plays it, and I’ll let you know in about six months whether or not she plays it well.”

This segment plays around the 2:43 minute-mark on the video below.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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April 25th, 2016 by Staff Writer

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace pressed Donald Trump’s new campaign chief Sunday to explain the reasoning behind his recent controversial comments claiming that Trump is “playing a part” and will evolve to fit his various roles.

Chris Wallace (Image source: YouTube)

Chris Wallace (Image source: YouTube)

Wallace asked Paul Manafort to explain his remarks made during one of the Republican National Committee’s spring meetings that were leaked later in an audio recording, according to ABC News. In the recording, Manafort can be heard saying, “The part [Trump’s] been playing is evolving into the part that now you’ve been expecting but he wasn’t ready for because he had to, first, complete the first phase. You’ll start to see more depth to the person, the real person. You’ll see him in a different way.”

Wallace pressed Manafort, saying, “‘Playing a part’? See the real person?’ Trump has been campaigning for ten months now and we haven’t seen the real man?”

Manafort explained that his quotes had been taken out of context and insisted that he meant to contrast how Trump presented himself in one setting with how he presented himself in another.

Paul Manafort (Image source: YouTube)

Paul Manafort (Image source: YouTube)

“We were evolving the campaign, not the candidate,” Manafort clarified.

But Wallace seemed skeptical of this explanation.

“Forgive me, it does seem a little bit like ‘spin.’ Because, I mean, the words, ‘the part that he has been playing,’ ‘you’ll start to see more depth to the person, the real person,’ you’re not talking about rallies versus some other setting.”

Manafort responded, saying, “I was talking about rallies versus some other setting.”

Wallace quipped, “That’s not what you said.”

Manafort replied, “Well, in the context of that room, that’s what I said, and that’s what was understood. When it was taken out of context and the question that was asked to me wasn’t prefaced with my answer, you get a distorted thing.”

On Saturday, Trump himself had responded to Manafort’s leaked comments during a rally in Connecticut.

“So what [Manafort] did is took it and said, ‘he will change and he won’t build a wall and he won’t do this,’” Trump said, according to ABC News. “Everything I said I’m going to do, folks, I do, OK? Believe me. I do.”

Watch Wallace’s interview with Manafort below.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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April 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

When “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked Corey Lewandoski on Sunday if he would like to offer an apology to former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields — even if only to avoid potential litigation — Lewandowski once again refused to validate Fields’ claims of assault.

Lewandowski, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s campaign manager, discussed the recently-dropped battery charges that Fields brought against him following their encounter at a March press conference that was caught on camera. Although Lewandowski could be seen grabbing Fields’ arm in the footage, Trump’s campaign manager maintains that the reality of the situation did not match Fields’ violent allegations against him.

Corey Lewandowski (Image source: YouTube)

Corey Lewandowski (Image source: YouTube)

“What I acknowledge is, the sum total of my relationship with Ms. Fields was caught on that video tape,” Lewandowski told Wallace. “She’s an individual I had never met before, had never spoken to before, and candidly, I didn’t remember the incident. The whole incident lasted less than three seconds, and it was me moving from one location to another location. I would have remembered if I tried to violently throw someone to the ground, or if there was an incident which would have been memorable. And there wasn’t.”

Lewandowski also maintained that he had tried to call Fields after he read about the allegations against him from Fields’ boyfriend on Twitter, although Fields says that she has no records of a call or of any message being left for her.

Wallace then pressed Lewandowski even further, bringing up the possibility that Fields might pursue a defamation lawsuit against Lewandowski and Trump.

“In the interest of avoiding unnecessary litigation — which I know Republicans don’t like — are you prepared, here and now, to apologize to Ms. Fields for touching her and for saying that she was delusional?” Wallace asked.

Lewandowski rejected that notion.

“I’ve never spoken to Miss Fields. I turned over my phone records to the Palm Beach County District Attorney’s office, it clearly shows I called her phone number that evening, when I got back and read about this on the Twitter feed,” Lewandowski maintained. “I’d be happy to have a conversation with her. But to apologize to someone I’ve never spoken to, and candidly don’t remember ever having any interaction with, I think is something that is a little unrealistic right now.”

(H/T: Mediaite)

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March 4th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Donald Trump was cross-examined by Fox News’ Chris Wallace at tonight’s GOP debate on his plans to fix the federal deficit, utilizing slides to point out that “the numbers don’t add up.”

The businessman and 2016 front-runner was asked about his specific plans to decrease the budget deficit, and he pointed to plans to cut the U.S. Education Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

But Wallace came prepared for Trump’s answer, throwing up a slide on the screen that points out that those two things would barely make a dent in the debt.

“Mr. Trump, your numbers don’t add up. Please bring up fullscreen number four,” Wallace said, arguing that making cuts to those two agencies would still leave nearly $500 billion in debt unaccounted for. “That’s more than a half-trillion dollars. The numbers don’t add up.”

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Trump continued added that pharmaceutical companies are over-charging the government by billions.

“You’re talking about hundreds of billions of dollars if we went out to the proper bidder,” Trump said.

“No you’re not sir. Let’s put up full screen number two,” Wallace said, prompting cheers from the debate audience. “You say that Medicare could save $300 billion a year in negotiating lower drug prices. But Medicare total only spends $78 billion a year on drugs. Sir, that’s the facts.”

Trump tried to explain: “I’m not only talking about drugs, I’m talking about other things, we’ll save more than $300 billion a year if we properly negotiate. We don’t do that. We don’t negotiate. We don’t negotiate anything.”

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