On Wednesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson lashed out at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for “convincing” President Trump to sit for interviews with journalist Bob Woodward for his forthcoming book “Rage” that reveals remarks by the president downplaying the coronavirus threat publicly while acknowledging its severity in private.
Carlson said it is “surprising” that Trump sat for interviews with Woodward for the book just hours after recording of Woodward’s interviews with Trump were released,
“Why in the world would he do that? Well, tonight from a source who knows the answer to that mystery, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina,” Carlson said, without naming his source. “It was Lindsey Graham who helped convince Donald Trump to talk to Bob Woodward, Lindsey Graham brokered that meeting, Lindsey Graham even sat in on the first interview between Bob Woodward and the president, how’d that turn out?”
Carlson also questioned Graham’s loyalty to the Republican party and president during his show.
“Lindsey Graham is supposed to be a Republican, so why would he do something like that?” Carlson asked.
“You’d have to ask him, but keep in mind that Lindsey Graham has opposed, passionately opposed, virtually every major policy initiative that Donald Trump articulated when he first ran, from ending illegal immigration, to pulling back from pointless wars, to maintaining law and order at home, Lindsey Graham was against all of that more than many Democrats. So maybe you already know the answer.”
According to The Washington Post, “Trump spoke with Woodward during 18 separate interviews in which the president acknowledged he was downplaying the threat of the coronavirus to the public as early as February.”
Trump gave no indication that he was convinced by an outside source to speak with Woodward, saying it “wasn’t a big deal” that he spoke with Woodward, and adding that he “almost definitely” won’t read the book because he “doesn’t have time.”
Graham was critical of Trump during the president’s 2016 campaign, but throughout Trump’s first term in office, the South Carolina senator has often been one of Trump’s staunchest allies.
Tucker Carlson says that he has a source who told him that it was Sen. Lindsey Graham who brokered the interview between President Trump and Bob Woodward pic.twitter.com/FchaQvnAoY
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