Pompeo Gets Snippy When Chris Wallace Grills Him on Trump’s Foreign Dirt Remarks: ‘Silliness’

Pompeo Gets Snippy When Chris Wallace Grills Him on Trump’s Foreign Dirt Remarks: ‘Silliness’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was none too pleased when Fox News anchor Chris Wallace attempted to get him to address the controversy over President Trump’s admission to ABC News that he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponents from foreign governments, telling Wallace that this was just a “Washington piece of silliness.”

At the tail end of his Fox News Sunday interview with Pompeo, Wallace noted that Trump suggested he wouldn’t call the FBI if he were approached by a foreign entity, asking the secretary of state if “accepting oppo research from a foreign government right or wrong.”

“Chris, you know you asked me not to call any of your questions today ridiculous, you came really close right there,” Pompeo snarled. “President Trump has been very clear, he clarified his remarks later, he made it very clear, even in his first comments, he said I’d do both. He said he’d call the FBI.”

Wallace, who last week likened the president’s Fox & Friends interview walking back those comments to a grocery aisle cleanup, noted that the president said “maybe I do both.” This caused Pompeo to growl, saying that Trump’s “been very clear that he will always make sure that he gets it right for the American people.”

The Fox News Sunday host continued to push back, explaining that Trump used his Fox & Friends phoner to walk back his remarks, prompting Pompeo to assert that there was no walkback.

“Yes he did, because he said ‘maybe’ on Thursday, and then Friday on Fox and Friends he said he’d listen first and then if the information was bad, that he would take it to the FBI or the attorney general,” Wallace declared. “But he also made it clear to George Stephanopoulos that he did not see this as foreign interference.”

Wallace went on to say that America has a long tradition of “saying that foreign interference in our elections is unacceptable,” leading Pompeo to sternly reply that Trump believes that as well.

“I have nothing further to add,” the former CIA director huffed. “I came on to talk about foreign policy, and I think the third time you’ve asked me about a Washington piece of silliness that, chased down a story that is inconsistent with what I have seen President Trump do every single day.”

Wallace, meanwhile, got in the last word, reminding Pompeo he only asked him about Trump’s foreign interference comments twice.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.