Gov. Mike Pence told MSNBC’s Brian Williams that David Fahrenthold’s Washington Post story on the Trump Foundation is filled with a number of “factual errors,” but couldn’t come up with one single error to back up his claim.
Fahrenthold’s investigative report lays out a case that Trump illegally used charity money for personal gain.
Brian Williams asked, “Governor, your reaction to what’s been one of the ongoing stories today. This Washington Post story. The headline is ‘Trump Used $258,000 From His Charity to Settle Legal Problems.’ What– what is your reaction to that story?”
Mike Pence replied, “Well, I think– I think what we’ve found is that there’s a number of factual errors in that story, as there were in previous stories about the Trump Foundation. I’m confident they’ll be able to address those and– and demonstrate that they fully complied with the law. I think the larger issue here, of course, is the Clinton Foundation.”
Whenever a Trump surrogate is asked a direct question about Trump’s alleged malfeasance, they always shift the narrative onto the Clinton campaign and never address the real issue.
Williams followed up, “To back up right quick here for just a minute, do you know what the factual errors are that the campaign is alleging in the Washington Post story?
Pence said, “Well, I think the Foundation will be able to lay those out. There were errors in the previous Washington Post stories, and you know, look– you know me a while, Brian. I strongly support a free and independent press. People are entitled to ask questions. And I’m sure the Trump Foundation and the Trump family will continue to be able to answer those questions.”
Wait, what? The Foundation “will continue to be able to answer”? They haven’t done it so far, governor.
Why wasn’t Gov. Pence briefed with at least SOME valid talking points by the Trump campaign on how to defend Donald’s Foundation?
Because they can’t. All they can do is deflect to Clinton, whose Foundation has an A rating and for which there is no evidence of wrongdoing.
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That, or change the subject to how much they love the “free and independent press.” Because that makes it all better.
Is it surprising that Trump hasn’t answered questions from the “free and independent” press for the last 55 days?