Something is missing in the White House’s response to Newsmax chief Christopher Ruddy, who claimed in a Monday-night interview on PBS that President Trump is “considering perhaps terminating” Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed to oversee an investigation of Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
Here is the brief statement issued by White House press secretary Sean Spicer:
Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue. With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment.
Where is the denial? The White House did not say that Ruddy’s claim is untrue — a fact Ruddy pointed out to Politico in his response to the response:
Spicer issued a bizarre late-night press release that a) doesn’t deny my claim the president is considering firing Mueller and b) says I didn’t speak to the president about the matter — when I never claimed to have done so. Memo to Sean: focus your efforts on exposing the flimflam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements! Don’t waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies.