President Donald Trump is regurgitating Kremlin talking points by asking questions about possible election interference by Ukraine, Chris Wallace asserted Sunday.
In a combative interview with Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, Wallace insisted that Trump’s desire to investigate Ukraine makes him a stooge of the country’s regional adversary, Vladimir Putin. Short responded that interference didn’t have to be an either-or scenario between Ukraine and Russia, but Wallace insisted that the Ukraine theory has been debunked by U.S. intelligence, according to Breitbart.
For his part, President Trump is facing impeachment for allegedly tying military aid to Ukraine to fresh investigations by the country into the alleged election interference and former Vice President Joe Biden’s dealings there. Democrats and the media have meanwhile shown great incuriosity toward the Biden–Ukraine corruption allegations — and on the latest episode of Fox News Sunday, Wallace took a similar tack.
The Fox host pressed Short to explain why Trump wanted Ukrainian interference investigated when the matter had already been settled, pointing to reports from the intelligence community and testimony from Fiona Hill — who spoke during public impeachment hearings about Trump’s hold on military aid, according to RealClearPolitics — as proof that the theory was based on Russian propaganda that had been debunked.
“Every major U.S. intelligence agency says it was Russia that interfered in the election,” Wallace said. “During the House [Intelligence] Committee hearings, a member of the Trump National Security Council, Fiona Hill, said this idea that Ukraine interfered in the election is Kremlin disinformation. So why does the president think it’s still worth investigating whether Ukraine did something?”
Short responded that he isn’t denying that Russian interference took place, and that two things can be true at the same time. “Just because Russia interfered doesn’t mean others didn’t as well,” Short said, according to Breitbart. “Why don’t we try to find the bottom line and the answers?”
But Wallace pushed back, accusing Trump of co-signing Putin’s talking points. He went on to cite a Washington Post article claiming that Trump embraced the Ukraine theory after a 2017 meeting with Putin, prompting Short to respond, “I never heard that.”
“Just because you’re saying my house was robbed means your house couldn’t have been robbed last night,” Short added, according to Breitbart. “It’s quite possible that both were interfering in elections, so why not investigate that?”
Grasping at straws
For their part, Republicans say that Democrats want to criminalize a policy disagreement by pinning Trump to the wall for a softness on Russia that exists purely in their imaginations, citing his sale of Javelin missiles to Ukraine as proof that Trump is actually tougher on Russia than President Barack Obama was.
But their continued obsession over Trump’s supposed loyalty to Putin shows how tenacious the Russia collusion narrative is for many Democrats and journalists, despite the fact that they’ve nominally moved on to the Ukraine controversy. Even Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said that “all roads lead to Putin,” according to the Associated Press — despite Democrats declining to formally charge Trump with Russia collusion that Robert Mueller discovered did not occur.
Indeed, it looks like Pelosi, Wallace, and their leftist comrades are grasping at straws at this point. But at least President Trump has strong defenders like Short standing up for him when few are brave enough to do so.