Fox host Stuart Varney insists Trump has never lied to the American people

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Citation From the August 30 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co.

JOE WALSH (FORMER CONGRESSMAN, CURRENT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE): You asked me a question. I'm running against this president, because I believe he lies virtually every time he opens his mouth. You know that, too—

WALSH: I believe he's morally unfit— 

VARNEY: I do not know that.

WALSH: And I believe—

VARNEY: Do not impute that to me, Joe Walsh.

WALSH: He's a danger to this country.


VARNEY: Don't do it, Don't do it. Do not impute that on me. Look, I invited you on -- you are on this program because I got questions … Look, you're on the program because I've got questions that I want to ask. And when I get an answer like, I know — "Stuart Varney knows that the president lies," I'm going to push back. Because that's nonsense, and you know it's nonsense. And don't try to bring me into your phony arguments. 

WALSH: I do believe we've never had a situation like this where we have a president who we fundamentally can't believe. I do believe he lies virtually every time he opens his mouth.

VARNEY: Give me an example.

WALSH: I believe, Stuart -- I'll give you an example, just from yesterday — and even his staff, Stuart, admitted that he lied this week when he said there were high-level phone calls between the United States and China. Trump said that repeatedly. His staff came out yesterday, and admitted that the President of the United States lied to the world

VARNEY: No, they didn't.

WALSH: to manipulate the markets. I have a problem with that.

VARNEY: That's not a lie. Let's not get technical.

WALSH: That's not a lie?

VARNEY: No, that's not a lie. If the man says — and he did — that high-level talks had been held with China, that is not a lie. They were held with China.

WALSH: Stuart, he said there were high-level phone calls with Chinese officials. His staff admitted that was not true — that he lied in order to manipulate the market.

VARNEY: OK, Give me another one. 

WALSH: Period.

VARNEY: Give me another one.

WALSH: That—

VARNEY: That doesn't work. 

WALSH: He said that his -- hey, Stuart, really, you don't believe that that's a lie?

VARNEY: No, I don't. 

WALSH: You don't?

VARNEY: And I really object to you saying to me, "And you know it is, Stuart." I do not know it is. And please, don't bring me into your nonsense. 

WALSH: Stuart, do you believe this president lies?


WALSH: You don't believe he's ever lied?

VARNEY: He exaggerates and spins. 

WALSH: OK. Do you believe he's ever told the American people a lie?