It featured the chairman arguing with a main presenter over an easily verifiable fact. Wallace later told Fox News: “If it was hot on this patio just outside the oval office, it was about 100F.
Trump, he said, “kept saying, ‘Whose idea was that? Well, sure, that was the president’s idea but, like he said, he wanted to make me sweat.
“We talked about everything. We talked about Covid[-19] and the explosion of cases in this country, questions of masks, questions of tests. We also talked about politics, polls; we have a new Fox News poll which we have discussed with the President who shows it late.
“But he seemed convinced he was going to beat Joe Biden in November. We also talked about this revealing book about his niece, Mary Trump.
In the clip released, Wallace noted the recent increase in shootings in many cities and asked Trump why he thought the violence was on the increase.
The President replied, “I explain it very simply by saying that these are cities run by Democrats. They are generously led. They are foolishly directed. “
Wallace noted that many cities have long been ruled by Democratic mayors.
“They mismanaged them,” Trump insisted. “It was always bad, but now it’s gotten totally out of hand.”
He then made his false statement about Biden, saying, “It’s really because they want to dismantle the police, and Biden wants to dissolve the police.”
“No, sir, he doesn’t,” Wallace replied.
Trump has maintained his claim, falsely claiming that the unity platform endorsed by Sanders, the Vermont senator Biden defeated in the Democratic primary, accepts calls for police funding.
Biden has repeatedly said that he does not support calls for reimbursement from the police and has instead called for police reform.
Wallace tried to explain, but the president responded by ordering an assistant to go get the document.
“Let’s go! Get me the charter, please! Trump said.
The teaser ended there, but Wallace told Fox News host Bill Hemmer that “it led to a very interesting exchange … and he went through it and he found a lot of things he ‘is opposed and which Biden agreed to, but found no indication. , because there is none, that Joe Biden sought to fund and abolish the police. ”
Trump made a similar statement in a blatant political speech in the rose garden on Tuesday, saying, “The Biden-Sanders program is the most extreme platform of any major party candidate by far in history. American… They now want to abolish our police departments. They want to abolish our prisons, I guess. ”
Politifact gave this statement a “Pants on Fire” note.
Such attempts to portray Biden as an extreme liberal don’t seem to be working: Polls show voters view the challenger as more of a moderate than the president.
Wallace also said that Trump had “shot Joe Biden that I had never heard of before”, adding that the president had said that in the upcoming campaign he expected to organize “not as many rallies as the last time ”, given the persistence of the pandemic.
“He seems a little worried about it,” Wallace said.
Wallace and Trump have a controversial history, with the president regularly mocking the anchor and despising him of his father, famous CBS presenter Mike Wallace.
Chris Wallace is known as one of the most combative interviewers on American television. But in March, he said Guardian interviewers shouldn’t be looking for fights with their subjects, even if the subject turns out to be Trump.
“Look,” he said, “I think we are not sweet, but what I mean is first of all that he is the President of the United States, whether you like him or that you didn’t like it, and I think there is some respect in the office, even if you don’t feel it for a particular man.
“Second, I think he falls into the trap of becoming a lawyer or an opponent rather than being a journalist. We are not here to try to outdo the president or a politician.
“Looking to 2020, you want to be sure you are striving to be as efficient and ahead of the curve as possible in identifying what concerns voters and what resonates with voters.”
On Friday, he said the interview with Trump was “generally friendly, but sometimes I checked it off.”