The hosts of “Fox & Friends” excused President Donald Trump’s congratulatory call to Russian “resident Vladimir Putin’s re-election, which was engineered by Putin’s government.
As part of their effort to give cover to the white president, the Fox News hosts blamed the black president who has not been in office for two years.
The hosts appeared to be following Trump who also blamed Obama:
I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2018
Co-host Brian Kilmeade praised Trump for following U.S. law and instituting sanctions against Russia, which Trump had no choice but to do:
The thing about the president he actually is a significantly tougher than the other prior president on Russia. Look, he he has armed the Ukrainians and hit the oligarch list, he went along with sanctions. Three days ago he condemned them for the poison attacks in Britain. Look at his actions, not past his words. Hopefully there is a grand plan.
Co-host Doocy quickly turned the blame on former President Obama:
He did exactly the same thing. He also, if the mainstream media is going to call President Trump and say, “Hey, I can’t believe you picked up the phone to say, congratulations you won.” Look at the things that the president of the United States by the name of Barack Obama did in 2012 — he congratulated him.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt also attacked Obama by naming Muslim leaders whom Obama had congratulated while president:
He congratulated also the Islamic Brotherhood candidate when he won Egypt’s presidential election in 2012. He broke three decades of precedent in 2013 when he congratulated the winner of the Iranian presidential election, and then congratulated Turkey’s President Erdogan in 2014 — the guy who said there is no such thing as moderate Islam.
Kilmeade slammed Erdogan, but didn’t mention Trump’s praise for Erdogan:
Erdogan has done despicable things with that country as a NATO ally — consolidated power and jailed the media. For (Obama) to call him, says he gets along with great — that was abhorrent.