Even Fox & Friends says Trump “fell short” in meeting with Putin

From the July 17 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST):Two hours one-on-one. Then about an hour of a bilateral. Then a 15-minute break, perhaps and it was time to meet the press. At which time you knew the first series of questions were going to be about Russia meddling in the election. Thanks to Robert Mueller's probe, we know the 12 names of the people at least on the Russian side, state sponsored, if these numbers are correct, we have no reason not to believe it, who were part of the hacking into the election. Not affecting the result, but going ahead and creating chaos in our electoral system. When President Trump was asked about that, he fell short.


STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): And so the criticism of the president from both sides of the aisle is, wait a minute, you were given a choice, do you believe Russia or do you believe your own intel community, and he had that answer, which is puzzling to me because there have been a number of times when the president has said that I think it was Russia. I think it was Russia. I think there was meddling. He had the chance yesterday. He did not do it. And that has got a lot of people scratching and a lot of people criticizing him for not being bold.

ABBY HUNTSMAN (CO-HOST): Well, and you're standing next to Vladimir Putin whose ultimate goal in life is to undermine our democracy. So it was that one moment that had you to stand up for your own country, to stand up for your intelligence community. As we said this morning he did not do that.


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