Oct 11, 2018

The takeaways from Trump's 47-minute "Fox & Friends" call

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President Trump called into "Fox & Friends" on Thursday morning for a lengthy 47-minute interview, discussing virtually every hot news topic of the moment.

The bottom line: Trump's freewheeling interviews on the friendly turf of "Fox & Friends" seemingly allow him free rein to speak his mind. He told the hosts that only their program — not even Fox News as a whole — is exempt from the "dishonest media" label.

The takeaways

He pushed back against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who does not support the prison reform ideas championed by Trump:

"If he doesn't, then he gets overruled by me because I make the decision. He doesn't."

He said U.S.-Saudi relations "are excellent" despite the disappearance and possible murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi:

"[W]e're being very tough and we have investigators over there, and we're working with Turkey, and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia. ... He went in and it doesn't look like he came out. It certainly doesn't look like he's around."

He said Rep. Devin Nunes, who has been a strong opponent to the Russia investigation, should get the Medal of Honor.

"If this all turns out like everyone thinks it will, Devin Nunes should get the Medal of Honor. ... What he's gone through, and his bravery, he should get a very important medal — maybe we'll call it the Medal of Freedom."

He's not worried about possible 2020 Democratic challengers, singling out Sens. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren for lengthy asides about their potential candidacies.

"I like every one of them, I just hope they stay healthy and I hope they fight it out. ... I just hope we don't get any star or good-thinker coming out of nowhere. ... I don't want to be too harsh because I want them to be able to get through the process."

He continued his war on "fake news" media, stating that there's "a big percentage of the media that is that way." And he even suggested that the New York Times itself wrote the infamous Anonymous op-ed, which was penned by an administration official:

"There is a chance — I don't say it's a big chance — but there is a very good chance that that was written by the Times. ... I wouldn't be that surprised because the Times is totally corrupt."

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