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The Takeaways From Trump’s 47-Minute 'Fox & Friends' Call

by Axios | Updated on 10.11.18

President Trump called into "Fox & Friends" on Thursday morning for a lengthy 47-minute interview, discussing virtually every hot news topic of the moment.

The bottom line: Trump's freewheeling interviews on the friendly turf of "Fox & Friends" seemingly allow him free rein to speak his mind. He told the hosts that only their program — not even Fox News as a whole — is exempt from the "dishonest media" label.


The takeaways

He pushed back against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who does not support the prison reform ideas championed by Trump:

"If he doesn't, then he gets overruled by me because I make the decision. He doesn't."

He said U.S.-Saudi relations "are excellent" despite the disappearance and possible murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi:

"[W]e're being very tough and we have investigators over there, and we're working with Turkey, and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia. ... He went in and it doesn't look like he came out. It certainly doesn't look like he's around."

He said Rep. Devin Nunes, who has been a strong opponent to the Russia investigation, should get the Medal of Honor.

"If this all turns out like everyone thinks it will, Devin Nunes should get the Medal of Honor. ... What he's gone through, and his bravery, he should get a very important medal — maybe we'll call it the Medal of Freedom."

He's not worried about possible 2020 Democratic challengers, singling out Sens. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren for lengthy asides about their potential candidacies.

"I like every one of them, I just hope they stay healthy and I hope they fight it out. ... I just hope we don't get any star or good-thinker coming out of nowhere. ... I don't want to be too harsh because I want them to be able to get through the process."

He continued his war on "fake news" media, stating that there's "a big percentage of the media that is that way." And he even suggested that the New York Times itself wrote the infamous Anonymous op-ed, which was penned by an administration official:

"There is a chance — I don't say it's a big chance — but there is a very good chance that that was written by the Times. ... I wouldn't be that surprised because the Times is totally corrupt."

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  • John
    10/11/2018
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    45 is a bloviating Fascist. He lies constantly and continually. Faux Noose is a mouthpiece for 45. It has no idea of truth.

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  • Donna
    10/11/2018
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    The country would think the president would have better things to do this morning, one day after a Cat 4 hurricane decimated the FL panhandle and destroyed many lives and livelihoods, than take another opportunity to lie to the American people and bully his detractors. Of course, that would take both empathy and leadership - both qualities sorely missing from the narcissist--in-chief.Between this PR call and his totally inappropriate rally last night, he continues to prove to the nation overall exactly how unfit he is to serve. Thousands of people lost everything they worked their lives for in this storm and their president is on cable news actually complaining about the supposed billions of dollars he says he has lost as president. This is disgusting and shameful - two qualities he DOES unfortunately possess.

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  • Robert
    10/11/2018
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    “What does the fox say?” Trumped-up, slanted, rant of fake, ego-serving narcissistic news😨

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  • ConservativeGuy
    10/11/2018
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    It’s really too bad than there are so many people who sit around on a daily basis hoping to be offended. Life is short, my friends. Enjoy! Enjoy the extra money in your pocket enjoy your freedom. Enjoy your security. Enjoy your family.

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  • Dave
    10/11/2018
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    President Trump called into "Fox & fools" on Thursday morning for a lengthy 47-minute propaganda speech? I like that he’s able to talk to the only media that will not call him out on his lies, his fake news or out landish statements and not making it hard for his base to think about anything. I like all the payed people at his events on stage, just like on the campaign, holding up signs promoting nationalism that help started WWI and WWII, taking us out of the world market!

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  • Andrea
    10/11/2018
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    47 minutes??? If he’s so busy running our country like he claims, how does he have time for a 47 minute phone call into a cable news show??

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  • Steve
    10/11/2018
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    Why does this moron get airtime?

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  • Chips
    10/11/2018
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    The Federal Government could soon pay more in interest on National Debt than it spends on military, Medicaid or children’s programs, that is $600 billion

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  • E.Anthony
    10/11/2018
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    Keep fighting, resisting and Push back on this insane "PRESIDENT"

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  • Deirdre
    10/11/2018
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    Someone needs to be in charge and take his phone and other forms of communications away from him. He is a disgrace

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  • Vincent
    10/11/2018
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    Trump 2020!! Regulation is low, jobs are back, wages are starting to go up, we are gaining respect back in the world, taxes are lower and I have more money in my check! Please keep it up Mr. President.

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  • Michael
    10/11/2018
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    Star or good thinker coming out of nowhere? What does this mean?

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  • Richard
    10/11/2018
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    trump is now the expert at politics? Daddy’s money can go a long way in America!

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  • TrulyTexan
    10/11/2018
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    Impeach and put in jail now!

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  • PaxAmericana
    10/11/2018
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    MAGA

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  • Merry
    10/11/2018
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    He plays the best game of charades ever!!! Divert all attention away from reality or what he is really doing that is destroying the middle class & poor. Killing us with our eyes wide open...

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  • Tom
    10/12/2018
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    The Democratic Party are Socialist Communist. I will fight with everything I’ve got to make sure this country does not go to the Democratic Party ya bunch of Socialist nazis

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  • Ochoninja
    10/11/2018
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    Don’t have to watch use off or change

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  • Ochoninja
    10/11/2018
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    Don’t have to watch use off or change

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  • Deirdre
    10/11/2018
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    Someone needs to be in charge and take his phone and other forms of communications away from him. He is a disgrace

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