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Fox News host Chris Wallace voiced his discomfort with White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s answer to a reporter’s questions regarding President Donald Trump’s “tape” tweet made on Friday.
Trump tweeted in reference to his FBI director that he fired earlier this week: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
Spicer, during his daily White House press briefing, answered reporter Jeff Mason’s question of whether Trump had recorded his conversation with Comey. “The President has nothing further to add on that,” said Spicer. “That’s not a threat, he simply stated a fact. The tweet speaks for itself.”
“When I heard that exchange today between Jeff Mason, a White House reporter, and Sean Spicer speaking from the podium in the briefing room for the President of the United States, it took my breath away,” said Wallace to Fox News host Shepard Smith. “He was asked specifically, ‘Is there a recording device in the Oval Office of the President of the United States?’ He said, ‘I have nothing for you on that.'”
Wallace, whose career spans decades of service in several news outlets, also made the comparison between the Watergate scandal during Richard Nixon’s tenure in the 1970s.
“That was what in Watergate they called a non-denial denial,” said Wallace. “[Spicer] could have said ‘no.’ He could have said ‘yes.’ He said ‘I have nothing for you on that.'”
“Look, it may just be that the president is trolling the press corps and saying ‘Work yourself into a frenzy about all this’ and turns out it’s nothing,” continued Wallace. “But why would he do that? Why would he want to decrease the credibility which is already in question of this White House and comments that are made from that podium?
“It seems to me that you’re playing a very dangerous game with the currency of the credibility of the President of the United States.”