Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts was clearly outraged after a press conference in which Press Secretary Kyle McKinney denounced the white supremacists he hated.
Roberts said in a live shot from the White House lounge, “For all those who are making fun of me for asking that question – I don’t care.” “Because that’s a question that needs to be asked, and frankly, even the president’s Republican allies a mile away are looking for an answer. So stop distracting, stop blaming the media. I’m fed up with it. “
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Earlier, in a briefing, Roberts asked McNeni, “I want to ask you for a clear and declarative statement without ambiguity or attitude.” As the person who speaks for the President, the President condemns the white supremacy and the groups that support him in all his forms. “
“The answer is yes,” McNee said. By the President himself yesterday. At the stage of discussion by the President himself a day ago. The President was asked this. He said, ‘Surely’ three times. Yesterday, he was simply asked the point, ‘Do you condemn white supremacy?’
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She passed on other quotes where she said the president “condemned more white supremacy than any other president in modern history.”
But Roberts forced her to make a declarative statement that the president condemns white supremacy. He said, ‘I just did it’, although he never made such a statement.
He then accused Roberts of “collaborating on a story and a narrative.”
Roberts continued to pressure Trump to make a declarative statement instead of reading excerpts from Trump’s past.
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In Tuesday’s debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would condemn white supremacists. When Trump asked for a special group, Biden mentioned the group’s pride in hating rights. Trump told him to “stand back and stand,” but later claimed he did not know who he was.
Later, Roberts said on Fox News that why the White House doesn’t just make a declaratory statement, it “all remains very vague.” “If the president didn’t know who the boys of pride were and he just dropped the name, if he didn’t know who they were, why did he reject them?” Why didn’t he say, ‘I don’t know who he is. Can you give me a little more information about them? ”
Paula Reid of CBS News also raised the issue, asking about statements from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security that racially motivated violent extremism “poses a serious threat to the United States.”
“Does the White House agree with that assessment, and what is it doing to address this threat?” Reed asked.
McKinney said Trump has said he wants to prosecute KKK as a terrorist, and that lynching should be a crime of national animosity. “There is no strong signal that you can send than advocating for white supremacist action.”
Reid, however, said Trump’s record was mixed, given that he had set aside or said he “did not want to accept or address it.”
She continued to press McNee until the press secretary said, “You need to let me finish. It’s quite funny that the media talks about interrupting during discussions and then chooses the same trick themselves. This is a White House briefing. You ask a question and you give me time to answer. ”
.paulareidcbs On President Trump’s inconsistent statements condemning racism and hate groups, Kyle McKinney responded: “You’re saying he condemns it. I have his record here. It’s mixed. His record is mixed.” https://t.co/Nj065CIsxp pic.twitter.com/IlfX1GRLaf
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