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June 14, 2018

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."

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."

Well, Trump will always have Sean Hannity. Peter Weber

January 10, 2018

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."

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