Sean Spicer disagreed with his former boss.
Pam Bondi, now a White House official, disagreed with her current boss.
Spicer told me, and the former Florida attorney general told “Fox News Sunday,” that it was a good thing that James Comey was being interviewed on Fox.
“You were able to expose him,” Spicer said. “I don’t think he’d get the same tough questions that he does when he goes on MSNBC or CNN.”
In fact, Chris Wallace was widely praised for an aggressive interview that led the former FBI director to say he was “wrong” in defending the FISA process in light of the abuses, and at one point to say he was “sorry.” (Comey also said the suggestions that he had committed treason or might be headed to prison proved to be totally overblown.)
But this is what President Trump tweeted before the interview:
“Hard to believe that @FoxNews will be interviewing sleazebag & totally discredited former FBI Director James Comey, & also corrupt politician Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff.” Fox is trying sooo hard to be politically correct…”
He went on: “Both Commiecast NBC & Fake News CNN are watching their ratings TANK. Fredo on CNN [his insulting nickname for Chris Cuomo] is dying. Don’t know why @FoxNews wants to be more like them…Only pro Trump Fox shows do well. Rest are nothing. How’s Shep doing?”
And yet, after the Wallace interview, the president said on Twitter: “So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong. Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red handed…Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim?”
Of course, Comey would have made no such admission if Fox had followed Trump’s advice and declined to book him.
I don’t know why Trump persists in saying that Fox News shouldn’t interview Democrats or presidential critics, that doing so is PC or trying to be more like its rivals. It’s a news network, of course we cover both sides. And of course the president prefers the “pro Trump” shows, but that’s the opinion side.
What he is doing here, quite simply, is working the refs.
Trump also took a shot at the latest Fox poll, which shows 50 percent of those surveyed favoring impeachment and removal, virtually unchanged from the last poll. He called the survey “ridiculous,” saying Fox polls are “always inaccurate,” heavily weighted toward Democrats: “Get a new pollster!” But other recent media surveys are within a few points of the Fox findings.