President Donald Trump has a reputation for being a bit unpredictable, but sometimes that ends up making for amazing television.
Trump’s maverick nature was on full display Friday, when he decided to crash the “Fox & Friends” live broadcast, which was set up on the White House lawn.
The first hint that the president was feeling mischievous came Friday morning, when Trump posted a tweet about his plan.
“Wow, the highest rated (by far) morning show, @foxandfriends, is on the Front Lawn of the White House. Maybe I’ll have to take an unannounced trip down to see them?” he wrote.
Sure enough, that’s exactly what he did. Walking out onto the lawn amid throngs of security and reporters eager for a soundbite, Trump made his way toward Fox’s Steve Doocy, who was in the middle of a live broadcast.
“You are about to see something on the Fox News that has never happened, that we believe, in the history of White House reporting,” Doocy excitedly explained.
“And that is the president of the United States is just outside the press room and it looks like he is en route to our location,” he continued.
Clearly having fun, the president was “miked up” as the cameras rolled, and immediately started chatting with the Fox team. The mood didn’t stay light for long, however.
As the topic turned to the inspector general’s report regarding disgraced former FBI Director James Comey and other FBI officials, Trump unloaded on the bureau.
“I think Comey was the ringleader of this whole den of thieves,” Trump said.
Elitists and insiders within the Washington Beltway have already been called “the swamp.” The president expanded on that imagery, referring to the top echelons of the FBI as “scum.”
“If you took a poll at the FBI, [I would win],” Trump told Doocy. “I mean the real FBI, not the scum on top.”
Twitter posts from Trump on Friday backed up this view, and made it very clear that he felt the DOJ report exonerated his decision to fire Comey.
“The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI,” the president declared, pulling no punches.
“Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI. I did a great service to the people in firing him. Good Instincts. Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!” he continued.
Trump also referenced new evidence of bias within the FBI, including text messages that show bureau officials apparently pledging to “stop” Trump’s presidency.
“FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that ‘we’ll stop’ candidate Trump from becoming President,” he wrote. “Doesn’t get any lower than that!”
For all the tired talk of Trump being an enemy of the media, his casual stroll over to chat with reporters is a refreshing reminder of how down-to-earth he often is.
The president’s unscheduled appearance on Fox is also confirmation of a statement from a top ABC News official we reported on earlier: Despite his reputation, Trump is actually more open with the media than former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Once again, a major narrative from the left-leaning media has been deflated.
Mainstream reporters may enjoy bashing Trump, but it looks like he still knows how to speak straight to the American people with aplomb.
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