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Thanks for being with us. If there were any lingering doubts today, the Republican Party officially became the party of Roy Moore. He said that Sandy Hook was some sort of divine retribution.
Provoking conflict with America's closest allies. And, just 24 hours away from a showdown with the FBI director, the president's priorities stalling in Congress. A lot of fake.
Tough questions ahead for one of the president's close friends, a key architect of the health care plan. And the GOP senator demanding changes to the bill. It has been 15 days since President Trump detonated that explosive charge with Saturday morning tweets, that he was the victim of an illegal wiretap ordered by President Obama. Fifteen days later, we know two things: The president's charge is untrue and he knows it's not true. At least he should. His attorney general has not given him any evidence to back up the claim.
Trump may not have even asked them for the evidence. He did ask the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to investigate.
No evidence the charge is true. Overwhelming evidence it's false. Which may be why only Trump's truest believers are standing by the claim. And one of his top allies in Congress now says the president should apologize.
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Because if he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did. TRUMP: As far as wiretapping I guess by, you know, this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. Trump also refused to disavow his press secretary's embrace of a false report that Trump was spied on by British intelligence.
And so you shouldn't be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox, OK? The British called it utterly ridiculous, demanded an explanation from the president's National Security Adviser who promised it would not be repeated. So fifteen days after those first tweets, here's where things stand.
Two of America's closest allies upset. The president's agenda overshadowed. The credibility of his spokespeople in tatters. And tomorrow, a public showdown. The FBI director, before Congress, likely to defy the president and publicly testify that Trump's claim is simply not true.
How Trump will respond to that challenge is anyone's guess. We asked the White House for a guest to address this topic. They declined. But we're ed by a close friend and ally of the president, Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of the conservative website, Newsmax.
He tweeted out this photo of the president yesterday in Florida and he s us now from West Palm Beach. Ruddy, thank you for ing us this morning. It looks good down there. Looks like you have a sunny day down there. You spent a lot of time in Mar-A-Lago. You meet with the president a lot. And two weeks ago when he put out those tweets, here's what you wrote. You wrote, "I haven't seen him this pissed off in a long time. When I mentioned Obama's denials about the wiretaps, he shot back this will be investigated.
It will all come out.
I will be proven right. Fifteen days later, quite the opposite. So what is it going to take for the president to retract this statement? I want to make clear, I don't speak for the president. I run Newsmax. I'm an independent news agency. But I do think the press has been very unfair. And even the setup for this segment of me coming on. You know, there have been so many things for the press to discuss. Let's talk about the first days of this presidency.
The incredible record that the president has had. A-plus cabinet. Jobs he's hoping -- creating tens of thousands of new jobs. Merkel, he had a really impressive meeting with her. Probably got hundreds of billions of dollars in concessions from her, certainly an increase in the NATO budget. And the health care plan is coming. So when you come and say, oh, it's all about the wiretapping, et cetera, the president last night was with myself, briefly, and Alan Dershowitz who, as you know, is not a supporter of the president.
And the president was discussing that all of these leaks have taken place, classified meetings and conversations he had with the president of Mexico, the prime minister of Australia. General Flynn's private conversation was leaked. These are criminal acts. Even Alan Dershowitz said it was very, very serious stuff, but the press isn't talking about that. And I take your point about not being an official spokesperson for the president.
The president went -- sent out tweets that accused his predecessor of a felony, of doing something illegal. Since then, as I pointed out, and I don't think you say what I said in the two may have been unfair. I don't think is anything I said there that is untrue, and if you would like to suggest that there is you can say that.
But, just let me finish the question, what is it going to take, given all the evidence of what the president said is untrue, what is it going take for him to retract and apologize?
The head of national intelligence for the Obama administration said that there was no collusion. They found absolutely no evidence of it.
But clearly reading those press reports, there was an investigation. So, it would be hard to believe there was no surveillance whatsoever. But that's not what the president -- I'm talking about what the president tweeted. The president accused President Obama of illegally wiretapping.
And if you listen to what you said, it's pretty clear there actually has never been an investigation of it. And that neither the House or the Senate committees have actually investigated. They just say, at this time, we don't have any evidence of it.
Tom price (american politician)
Chris, wait a second. You know that the president could simply ask his attorney general, he could ask his FBI director, he could ask the CIA director, he could ask the director of national intelligence. Everybody who has been briefed on this say there is no evidence. The president has not provided any evidence. There's been overwhelming evidence to the contrary. So -- but I take it from your point that based on what you know right now as far as you can tell, the president is not going to retract or apologize?
You're going to have to ask him what his plan is on that. Look, there was a recent poll that showed 54 percent of Americans believe that the press is too aggressive on their attacks on the president. We have never had a situation where the press has basically been part of an opposition political party. I'm waiting for the evidence, just like you are, on the allegation. But I do think when you look at the broader scope, you're not talking about any of the president's achievements.
We have never had a president this successful using just the bully pulpit, getting companies all over the world to bring jobs. He's getting NATO countries to increase their budget, which would help save Americans money, and the health care plan. He was willing to tackle one of the most serious problems that we have in this country. And yet we're always focused on one little tweet or something like that.
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And I think the American people out in the heartland have a different view than the people in Washington. That may be. But it's one little tweet that accused his predecessors of a felony. He's going to publicly testify, as I said, we expect him to publicly challenge the president's tweets.
I think that considering the amount of air time the press has given this story over the past four or five months, I think that is a pretty powerful statement. And if the FBI director reaffirms that, I think that's a pretty powerful. Now, how they came to that conclusion without ever doing any surveillance or intercepts, we know that they did intercepts of General Flynn with the Russian ambassador, and that was leaked, and that was a highly classified conversation as was the president's other conversations that were leaked.
And there's to talk about that being investigated by the press or congress.