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  1. CNN’s Tapper blasts Trump for hiding from press and making "false" claims about Paris climate agreement

    JAKE TAPPER (HOST): After the president's admission today [that he did not make tapes of his conversations with James Comey], the White House held a press briefing in which cameras were banned, and the audio was not provided live. Rather, it was released after the fact, which is odd and unusual, and this is about more than just one weird claim of tapes. This is part and parcel of a White House trying to operate in something close to an accountability-free zone where they don't have to go on TV live and defend aberrant behavior on Twitter or explain the false things that the president says at rallies before supporters, things like this, said last night in Iowa about the Paris climate deal.

    [BEGIN VIDEO CLIP]

    DONALD TRUMP: And they all say it's nonbinding. Like hell it's nonbinding.

    [END VIDEO CLIP]

    TAPPER: It's nonbinding. It is. That's just a fact. You know who told me that? A really good senior administration official source.

    [BEGIN VIDEO CLIP]

    TRUMP: As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord.

    [END VIDEO CLIP]

    TAPPER: “The nonbinding Paris accord.” I would ask the president about this inconsistency, but he is limiting his interviews, generally excluding all but the friendliest of media outlets. At the same time, his White House is limiting televised press briefings and answering basic questions, instead saying, “The president has been very clear” when he has been anything but, or responding, “The tweet speaks for itself” when the tweet most certainly does not, as was made clear just today. 

    Related:

    ThinkProgress: Trump can’t decide whether the Paris agreement is binding

    Previously:

    Here’s why media should steer clear of Trump’s bogus Paris agreement talking points

    Trump's exit from Paris agreement underscores the media’s catastrophic climate change failure during the campaign

    Former Bush administration official: Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement “would harm every American” and "devastate our international credibility"

    Newspaper editorials warn Trump it would be dangerous to ditch Paris climate agreement

  2. Fox host attacks Obama for his criticism of Senate health care bill

    ED HERNY (CO-HOST): Is [former President Obama] is a good judge of whether or not a health bill is going to work when he promised the American people "you get to keep your doctor, you get to keep your plan?"

    MORGAN ORTAGUS: Well, that's a really good point, Ed. In fact, if you look at it from a political perspective in both the 2010 and 2016 elections, his party was decimated in these elections on Obamacare specifically. Almost more than anything else that's what the Republicans ran on. So, I agree with you the criticism that we saw yesterday of a bill that’s still being formed by the House and the Senate was a bit fresh.

    HENRY: Sure and Morgan, what about the point that Republicans, in fairness, haven't wanted to admit over the last few years that there have been good parts of Obamacare. Millions more people being covered, for example. But Democrats have not wanted to admit, either, that it's cost a whole lot more money and have you all these insurance companies pulling out. So why isn't the former president, in order to protect his legacy, weighing in in a more positive way and saying "Hey, here is how we fix it?"

    ORTAGUS: Well, to your question, he is not weighing in a more positive way because he didn't have a lot of big signature accomplishments over his eight years as president. And two them, two of his biggest accomplishments are things that President Trump is working to undo right away. One is the health care bill and of course the Paris climate accord. And, also, we can't forget about the Iran bill. So these things that President Obama we consider to be major legislative achievements of his eight years, which I would argue there weren't many, are something within his first six months that President Trump is looking to undo. And that's got to sting.

    Previously:

    Ignoring Republican sabotage, Fox & Friends uses health care insurer withdrawal to claim Obamacare failure

    How Conservatives Smeared Obamacare And Laid The Groundwork For Trumpcare

    The GOP Health Care Bill Actually Does What Conservatives Said Obamacare Would Do -- And Worse 

  3. Fox & Friends joins other pro-Trump media falsely suggesting Comey met with NY Times

    JILLIAN MELE: The New York Times gets a special visitor. The Daily Mail got these pictures of former FBI Director James Comey stopping by their office in Manhattan. He reportedly spent three hours inside.

    [...]

    ED HENRY (CO-HOST): Wonder what James Comey was doing at the New York Times. It's so odd.

    STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Why would he go right in the front door?

    AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): I know. He’s not even trying to hide.

    HENRY: He’s wearing sunglasses.

  4. Fox & Friends praises Trump for his false threat of having tapes of interactions with Comey

    AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Big news today. You said you didn't tape [former FBI Director] James Comey. Do you want to explain that? Why did you want him to believe you possibly did that? 

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well I didn't tape him. You never know what's happening when you see that the Obama administration, and perhaps longer than that, was doing all of this unmasking and surveillance. And you read all about it and I've been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness and horrible situation with surveillance all over the place. And you've been hearing the word "unmasking," a word you probably never heard before. So you never know what's out there, but I didn't tape and I don't have any tape and I didn't tape. But, when he found out that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed. I mean, you'll have to take a look at that because then he has to tell what actually took place at the events. And my story didn't change. My story was always a straight story. My story was always the truth. But you'll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed. But, I did not tape. 

    EARHARDT: That was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings. 

    TRUMP: Well, it wasn't very stupid, I can tell you that. He did admit that what I said was right. And if you look further back, before he heard about that, I think maybe he wasn't admitting that, so, you'll have to do a little investigative reporting to determine that. But, I don't think it'll be that hard. 

    […]

    ED HENRY (CO-HOST): The left is going bonkers with some of those comments in the tweet yesterday and some of the comments to you and saying that Donald Trump was trying to intimidate James Comey by suggesting there may be tapes. Look, this is all going to be sorted out by Robert Mueller, special counsel. But what's wrong with saying, "Hey, you better tell the truth?"

    STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Well but also --

    HENRY: Is that intimidation to say, "James Comey, I think you should tell the truth about what really happened?"

    DOOCY: But remember when the Russians went into the Oval Office and then there was some suggestion about what was said and then Russian media said, "Hey, you want a transcript? We know exactly what was said in there," and I don't think they were rolling a tape that anybody saw. Who knows what that was about.

    EARHARDT: It was just saying just tell the truth. Tell the truth. Because Robert Mueller never said -- or James Comey had never said anything about the president not being under investigation until the president says there might be tapes. And then all of the sudden his story changes and he says, "You know what? I told him three times that he was not under investigation." 

    DOOCY: And that's all the president wanted James Comey and the others to say. "Look, you're telling everybody else I'm not under investigation. I can get stuff done with my administration. Just tell somebody, would you?" Well now we know because Comey testified.

    EARHARDT: That's exactly right.

    Previously:

    Hannity calls Trump’s false threat of Comey tapes one of the “most brilliant … tweets in the history of mankind”

    Donald Trump loves the safe space of Fox & Friends

    How Trump uses Twitter to show his love for Fox News

  5. Hannity calls Trump’s false threat of Comey tapes one of the “most brilliant … tweets in the history of mankind”

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I'm sorry, this was one of the most brilliant, strategic, doubt-inducing, mind-messing tweets in the history of mankind, because he basically said to Comey, "Well, if there's tapes, you're in trouble with the deep state," it was also a nice shot at them.

    Previously:

    Alex Jones: "Sean Hannity is currently the main leader of the resistance against the globalists"

    Sean Hannity invokes Seth Rich in discussing his "suspicions" that DNC staffers were responsible for email hack

    Sean Hannity: "A soft coup is underway" against Trump with "sinister forces quickly aligning"