On Tuesday, a day after the administration asked for an extension to provide any evidence it has of President Trump’s explosive wiretapping claims, ‘Morning Joe’ host Mika Brzezinski spoke directly to the camera and questioned the President.
“We’re just asking the question. I would like to know the answer to the question. Were you lying, Mr. President? Did you make it up? Was it some sort of little spurt of activity that you had out of need to have action?” the MSNBC host asked.
“If the president was lying, don’t you think at some point he ought to say, ‘I apologize, I am just an idiot?'”
Continuing to speak into the camera, Brzezinski said “I’d like to know where it came from because it’s a very serious allegation. And it questions everything that you’re about. And it questions whether we can ever believe you and whether Americans can believe you.”
“And whether this country is being run by someone who thinks this is a serious job or thinks it’s a joke and he can amuse himself on Twitter every single day just cause he feels like it, and spew out lies about people and call them names and make defaming claims about their reputation just because he feels like it.”
Some ten days ago, Trump set off a firestorm by sending out a series of tweets early on a Saturday morning claiming, without any evidence, that he had learned that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.
Former President Obama, through his spokesperson, categorically denied the allegations, saying “A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.”
“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen,” Kevin Lewis, the spokesperson, added. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Trump has been known to watch ‘Morning Joe’ regularly. So, speaking into the camera is highly likely to be equal to talking to the President. In fact, the likelihood of influencing the President through he show has driven up rates for advertisers who take up the commercial breaks.
However, far from just apologizing for making the baseless claims and moving on, the White House has doubled and tripled down on the claims demanding a Congressional investigation while steadfastly refusing to provide any proof to even serve as some basis to substantiate an investigation.