'He Ran Into a Buzzsaw': 'Outnumbered' Applauds Chris Wallace for Tough Questions to Putin
The hosts of "Outnumbered" unanimously applauded "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace for his tough one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Wallace grilled the Russian leader on the deaths of his political opponents and attempted to hand him a copy of the federal indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking the DNC's emails in 2016.
Aaron Blake of the Washington Post wrote that Wallace gave Putin "the grilling" that President Trump failed to deliver at the summit Monday in Finland.
"It was the grilling you’d expect Trump to have given. It was all the questions Russian journalists can’t ask. And it was a marked contrast to earlier in the day, when the American president suggested such things were pittances — mere obstacles to making Russia our friend," Blake wrote.
Russian President Putin on his political opponents ending up dead: Russia's statehood is maturing and there are some side effects, and we persecute people responsible for these crimes. #WallacePutinOnFox https://t.co/yXKIFfe4pQ pic.twitter.com/IZcfFiLZnr
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 17, 2018
Republican political strategist Josh Holmes said Putin made a mistake by even agreeing to sit down with Wallace, describing it as Putin running into a "buzzsaw."
"I don't think he realized what he was up against," Harris Faulkner added.
Holmes, formerly chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said Putin's answers to tough questions were classic "whataboutism" and "telltale signs" of someone who doesn't have a fact-based argument.
"[Putin] got hit right in the middle of the forehead with the facts," he said.
Watch the full discussion above and the full interview, here.