'Sounds Like Collusion': Hannity Rips Media for 'Double Standard' Over Obama's 'Flexibility' Comments
Sean Hannity said the media and Democratic figures are expressing a "double standard" with their repeated criticisms of President Donald Trump's summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Hannity said most people know Russia is a "hostile actor" and an American rival, but that the "self-righteous and sanctimonious media" treated Trump's overtures toward Russia differently than President Obama's.
He said the media have failed to indicate Trump is trying to "ease tensions" with Russia, which he noted holds a massive stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Hannity said that Trump rightfully met with Putin and likely discussed the two nations' concerns regarding terrorism, the Syrian civil war, and "Iranian aggression."
The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
"By the way, where is the DNC server [allegedly hacked by the Russians] that the FBI didn't look at?" Hannity asked.
"While President Trump tried to ease these tensions... the mainstream media were out for blood," Hannity said.
He played video of several media figures blasting Trump, with comedian Whoopi Goldberg alleging Trump's "gave the middle finger to America" with his remarks at the joint press conference in Finland, and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough saying the president looked like a "weak, dumpy stooge to a KGB spy."
Hannity asked where that similar outrage was when President Obama was caught on a hot mic in Seoul in 2012 telling then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility" on some unspecified matter or matters after his reelection.
"I will transmit this information to Vladimir," Medvedev is heard telling Obama in response.
During Medvedev's four-year term, Putin -- president prior to and after his tenure -- served as Russian prime minister.
"Sounds like collusion," Hannity said.
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