Fox News' Shep Smith and CNN's Anderson Cooper muster facts against Trump's immigration 'gaslighting'
President Trump is "patting himself on the back for taking action regarding a situation he himself created" on the border, and the White House is "still not owning up to it — the gaslighting continues," Anderson Cooper said on CNN Monday night. And on top of separating families, he added, Trump now "seems to want to take away due process for undocumented immigrants entirely."
"The White House can blame past administrations or blame Congress, but that doesn't change the fact that it was this administration's 'zero tolerance' policy that led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents," Cooper said. Trump didn't create the current laws, but "it was this administration's choice to enforce them in a way no other president has. Now caught in the middle of this confusion, chaos, of course, are real people, real children, and the major question is what happens to them now?"
On Fox News Monday, anchor Shepard Smith, returning from 10 days of vacation, said that "seeing the pictures of these children in cages, and knowing that we can't see all of the realities inside these facilities, you know, you wonder, is there a rule anywhere that what the government is doing of, by, and for the people should be transparent and seeable by the people?" He was asking University of Memphis law professor Steven Mulroy, who wasn't sure but said migrant parents unable to regularly communicate with their separated kids probably have standing to sue Trump, as would any parent deported without due process.
"Just a matter of fact here," Smith said, "the United States government is at this moment holding young children — as young as infants, we're told by the government — alone, separate from their parents, in conditions about which we have no information, in places to which we have no access, and from which no pictures have been shown to the public. That's the fact." Watch below. Peter Weber
Trump slammed NBC and CNN for downplaying his North Korea deal. Fox News' Shep Smith left the deepest cut.
President Trump appears to be upset with the news coverage of his summit with Kim Jong Un, specifically with bêtes noires NBC and CNN for "fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea."
So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Trump, who suddenly uses words like "promulgated," did not mention Fox News in his list, of course, but a few hours after he promulgated that tweet, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith barely broke a sweat downplaying Trump's deal with North Korea. "The joint statement both President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un signed yesterday fails to lay out how North Korea will give up its nukes or how the U.S. and its allies will check to make sure that North Korea is keeping up its end of the bargain," Smith noted. "The North Koreans haven't admitted what they have, much less when and how they'll supposedly get rid of them. A clear reading of the facts indicates the president made concessions in return for nothing concrete."
It's 3 PM which means its time for Shepard Smith to debunk Hannity's show before it airs tonight.
"The nuke threat is very real. ... A clear reading of the facts indicates the president made concessions in return for nothing concrete." pic.twitter.com/aARv2TAWif
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 13, 2018
Well, Trump will always have Sean Hannity. Peter Weber
Trump called the Russia investigation a 'Democrat hoax,' and Fox News' Shep Smith answered: 'It is not'
Fox News correspondent John Roberts asked President Trump at a news conference Wednesday afternoon if he would agree to be intervened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and in a response that roped in Hillary Clinton and the FBI, Trump called the entire Russia investigation "a Democrat hoax," insisted that "virtually everybody" agrees there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, and because he said there was no collusion, "it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview."
Directly after the press conference, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith decided to tackle that claim head-on. "The president again calling the Russia investigation 'a Democratic hoax.' It is not," Smith said. "Fox News has been reporting and will continue to report that two people have pleaded guilty" of "lying to the FBI about matters Russia," and "the investigation continues, reportedly, into Trump team ties to Russians and potential money laundering and all the rest."
Shepard Smith fact checks Trump on claimed Russia "hoax" immediately following news conference pic.twitter.com/OGHJy0WWn4
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) January 10, 2018
In any case, regardless of what Trump says or believes, Mueller doesn't seem to be treating the idea that Trump's campaign actively sought a helping hand from Russia as a hoax, partisan or otherwise. Peter Weber