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Trump defends former adviser Carter Page following ‘Fox & Friends’ segment

The White House previously said that Trump 'does not know' Page. Today, Trump is defending him.


Andrew Wyrich


Published May 31, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 4:44 am CDT

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning continued his tradition of tweeting after he watches Fox & Friends. This time, it was about Carter Page, a former campaign adviser who is part of the ongoing Russia probe.

“So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday. “He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing the ‘false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!”

The tweets came shortly after a Fox & Friends segment about Page and his possible testimony before Congress.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in January claimed that Trump did not know Page at all. “Carter Page is an individual whom the president-elect does not know,” Spicer said. That contradicted Trump’s earlier statements to the Washington Post‘s editorial board, when he identified Page as one of his campaign’s foreign policy advisers.

Fox & Friends hosts read a letter from Page that he sent to the House Intelligence Committee, which reads:

“I have learned from your Committee staff on this Memorial Day holiday that I might not be immediately afforded the opportunity to address the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan, et al, as per our previously scheduled appointment for next week… In the interest of finally providing the American people with some accurate information at long last, I hope that we can proceed with this straight dialogue soon.”

Trump’s tweets quote the letter read aloud on the morning show.

One of the hosts of Fox & Friends also pointed to an article on Fox News that says Democrats on the House Committee pushed for Page’s testimony to be delayed.

Page, one of several former Trump campaign officials being investigated as part of the Russia probe, left the Trump campaign in September 2016 after Yahoo News reported that U.S. intelligence officials were looking into whether he had met with Russian officials.

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*First Published: May 31, 2017, 10:34 am CDT