Fox host asks Trump if "Democrats, "deep state," or "fake news media" is his biggest opponent

Fox host asks Trump if "Democrats, "deep state," or "fake news media" is his biggest opponent

Pete Hegseth also referenced the "failing New York Times" during Trump interview

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From the June 25 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends Sunday:

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PETE HEGSETH (CO-HOST): You faced resistance on this bill, but of course, you've faced resistance on the entirety of your agenda. Who's been your biggest opponent? Has it been Democrats resisting? Has it been fake news media? Has it been deep state leaks? When you think about it,  what holds it up? 

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, you know, when I ran, I talked about the rigged system because I saw I was winning states and I wasn't getting the delegates that I should be getting. And I would look at this, and I would say "what kind of a system?" Well, the whole system is very -- there's a lot of bad things going on. A lot of very bad things going on. One of the things that should be solved, and it probably won't be, is that the Republicans and Democrats don't get together. And I'm open arms, but I don't see that happening. They fight each other, they -- the level of hostility -- and, by the way, this isn't just Trump. This has been like this for years. You've been doing this for a long time? It's been like that for a long time. But the level of hostility, as an example, the health care bill that you are reporting on and everybody's reporting on. It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it, and come up with something that everybody's happy with. It's so easy. But we won't get one Democrat vote. Not one. And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote. And that's a terrible thing. So there is -- well, look, their theme is resist. I've never heard of anything like this, resist. 

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HEGSETH: I opened up the failing New York Times and The Washington Post this morning, no mention at all of this bill that you're signing today. For veterans who are so passionate about this, it's such a historic bill. Are they going to cover this? And if they don't, why don't they cover it the way they cover every breathless scandal in the media today? 

TRUMP: Well, I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it, but nobody wants to talk about that. That the CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even, you know, before the election. And I hardly see it. It's an amazing thing. To me, you know -- in other words, the question is, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? Be he should have done something about it. But you don't read that. It's quite sad.

Previously:

Newt Gingrich: "Comey is part of the deep state. Comey is part of the sickness."

Corey Lewandowski: James Comey is "part of the deep state"

Fox's David Bossie: "Deep state" behind "false" allegation that Trump is under investigation

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Pete Hegseth, Donald Trump
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FOX & Friends Sunday
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