During an exchange on Friday between Fox News’ Chris Wallace and Shep Smith, they voiced their concern over the recent developments that led to FBI Director James Comey’s firing and how this action will destroy the trust of the American People.
They also talked about the back and forth between White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, during which Spicer declined several times to say if the president is secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office.
“When I heard that exchange today between Jeff Mason and Sean Spicer, speaking from the podium in the briefing room for the president of the United States, it took my breath away,” Wallace said.
“That was what in Watergate they called a ‘non-denial, denial,’” he added.
Wallace admitted that Trump may be “trolling the press corp, and working them into a frenzy about all this,” adding, “but, why would he do that? Why would he want to decrease the credibility—which is already in question—of this White House.”
Wallace claims that Trump is playing a “dangerous game with the currency of the credibility of the president of the United States.”
He also talked about the holes in Trump’s story, and said it seems “dubious” that Comey, who has an “overly-inflated sense of his own integrity,” would have told the president that the FBI is not investigating him, as Trump claims.
“If the whole point a week ago was that the president was fed up with the high profile of the Russia investigation and the high profile of James Comey, look at every step that’s been taken over the last seven days,” Wallace said.
“Every step he’s taken this week has cut into the credibility of the White House, the trust of the people inside the White House and clearly, I think the trust that the American people pay to this president and to his White House staff,” Wallace argued.
“We’re in a level of unusual that most people can’t find reference to, historically,” Smith said, adding there are “many questions about how you might get out of this cycle.”
“This is going to stop all of the business that was supposed to be done to deal with the problems of the American people,” Wallace said, pointing out that Trump’s decision will bring forth “one of the worst back-fighting, confusing, maelstroms, quagmires—really of the president’s own making.”