Shepard Smith fact checks Trump on claimed Russia "hoax" immediately following news conference pic.twitter.com/OGHJy0WWn4
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) January 10, 2018
“The president again calling the Russia investigation a ‘Democratic hoax.’” Smith told viewers. “It is not. Fox News has been reporting and will continue to report that two people have pleaded guilty.”
Smith also slammed Trump for saying he planned to “take a strong look at our country’s libel laws.”
“You can’t say things that are false ― knowingly false ― and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account,” Trump said Wednesday.
The president has made 2,001 false or misleading claims in his first 355 days in office, according to The Washington Post.
On Fox News, Smith pointed out that Trump doesn’t have the power to change libel laws.
“All of that about libel laws, that was just a word salad of nothingness, because none of that means anything, except ‘look over here,’” Smith said. “He couldn’t change the libel laws if he wanted to change the libel laws, he couldn’t change them if he got the Congress in there. These are state laws, and that was nothing.”
Later, Smith got even more heated.
“He’s not a dictator. He’s not a king,” Smith said. “He can’t change the libel laws. That’s preposterous.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.