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Chuck Todd: Trump told a breathtaking number of ‘outright lies’

Chuck Todd: Trump told a breathtaking number of ‘outright lies’
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"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd said President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE told a "breathtaking" number of “outright lies” during his interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning.

“Today’s POTUS performance was breathtaking in the sheer number of provable falsehoods, intentional mischaracterizations and outright lies uttered,” Todd wrote on Twitter.

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“Clearly someone feels emboldened. Will GOP leaders continue to shrug this off? Bury their head in the sand?” Todd continued.

He did not detail which comments he was referring to in Trump's wide-ranging interview earlier in the day, but he did follow up by defending himself for "pointing out incorrect facts and blatant misconceptions," saying doing so did not indicate "bias."

Trump's surprise interview live on Fox News earlier in the day included comments on the Russia probe, North Korea and the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Trump said a recent report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog "exonerates" him and proved there was "total bias" at the FBI.

Trump also defended his comments about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s record on human rights, saying, “I want to have a good relationship with North Korea.”

At another point during the interview, the president, as he has before, blamed Democrats for his administration enforcing a policy that involves separating children from migrant parents who illegally cross the U.S. border. 

“I hate it,” Trump said. “That’s the Democrats' law and we can change it tonight. We can change it right now.”  

The separations, which prompted considerable backlash from both sides of the aisle, resulted from an announcement made by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors Biden fills immigration court with Trump hires Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE earlier this year of a “zero-tolerance policy” for people who cross the southern border.