Fox News reporter John Roberts loses temper over White House ‘deflecting’ on Trump’s refusal to condemn white-supremacist groups
- Fox News reporter John Roberts lost his temper on air on Thursday as he discussed the White House’s efforts to dance around questions on President Donald Trump’s stance on white supremacy.
- “Stop deflecting. Stop blaming the media. I’m tired of it,” Roberts, Fox News’ chief White House correspondent, said in an impassioned reaction to Thursday’s press briefing.
- During the presidential debate on Tuesday, Trump declined to explicitly condemn white-supremacist groups.
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Fox News reporter John Roberts on Thursday became visibly frustrated with the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s responses to questions on why President Donald Trump had not condemned white supremacist groups.
“Stop deflecting. Stop blaming the media. I’m tired of it,” Roberts, Fox News’ chief White House correspondent, said in an impassioned reaction to Thursday’s press briefing.
“The press secretary would not, in a definitive and unambiguous and non-deflecting way, say that the president condemns white supremacism in all its forms and any group that espouses it,” Roberts told the Fox host Melissa Francis.
He mentioned that several prominent Republicans in Congress had urged Trump to “correct” his recent statements on the matter.
“For all of you on Twitter who are hammering me for asking that question, I don’t care!” Roberts said. “Because it’s a question that needs to be asked, and clearly the president’s Republican colleagues a mile away from here are looking for an answer for it too.”
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During the briefing, Roberts asked McEnany for a declarative statement on whether the president denounced white supremacism and groups that espouse it.
McEnany falsely said Trump had “condemned white