Fox's Eric Bolling says he talked to Trump about Russia before going on ABC to call reporting on it “fake news”
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From the July 23 edition of ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): Let me bring that question to you, Eric Bolling. Perhaps the president wants to get it off Don Jr., but it guarantees one more week of complete focus on Russia.
ERIC BOLLING: Look, I think [New York Times reporter] Maggie [Haberman] is incorrect in that he didn’t need to do that. He didn’t need to sit down with The New York Times for an hour to do that. He could have tweeted about it. What Donald Trump does, President Trump does, is he moves forward. He moves the media. He moves the story forward. He stays in the news. I will tell you unequivocally -- I spoke to him yesterday. He’s very frustrated about Russia being the focus of everyone’s conversations when he would like to focus on other things. He’d like to talk about other things, but it doesn’t -- the media never gets there. He sits down with The New York Times. What happens? They talk about Russia, collusion with Russia.
BOLLING: But just to finish this, the [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions thing is on his mind. When I spoke to him yesterday, he is concerned that, hey, he appointed Jeff Sessions, he shook his hand and said you’re the attorney general, and now --
STEPHANOPOULOS: So then how do you explain [White House press secretary] Sarah [Huckabee] Sanders? I want to move on to Roland, how do you explain Sarah Sanders coming out and saying the president has confidence in Jeff Sessions? From talking to you, from talking to Maggie Haberman, he does not have confidence in Jeff Sessions.
BOLLING: Well, I didn’t say he meant confidence. He’s frustrated that had he known that Jeff was going to recuse himself within days of being appointed over a handshake on a receiving line in a book event, that he probably wouldn’t be the attorney general.
ROLAND MARTIN: This is very simple for this president and his administration. If you want to stop hearing about Russia, stop lying. Stop changing stories. Actually tell the truth. As George said to Sarah, multiple stories. We have Donald Trump Jr., who changes his story from Saturday to Sunday, and it keeps changing and changing.
BOLLING: Roland, what is the story? What is the Russia story? I’m still waiting to find one story that has legs.
MARTIN: This is the story.
BOLLING: One credible -- it’s all fake news.
MARTIN: Eric, Eric. One second, now one second. This is the story. Donald Trump Jr. says we got money from Russia. The president says we didn’t. Eric Trump said it as well. Donald Trump Jr. says to Jake Tapper in an interview that, oh, it’s disgusting. They’re discussing we had meetings about Russia with the campaign. Now we know from his own email he did.