‘Fox & Friends’ host called for Trump to clarify ‘s---hole' comment shortly before denial

A “Fox & Friends” host called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE to walk back his comments calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” shortly before Trump did so in a tweet Friday morning.

It may be just the latest example of a link between Fox News reports and presidential tweets. 


The sequence on Thursday followed a similar pattern with Trump tweets.

During the “Fox & Friends” opening segment just before 6 a.m., host Brian Kilmeade said Trump needed to “clarify" his comments "right away, before noon, so he can move forward on substantive talks to help the country.” Kilmeade's comments were noted by Matt Gertz of Media Matters. 


Later in the show, shortly after 7 a.m., Kilmeade said that Trump “made a mistake making those comments, no question.” 

“Not positive, not going to move this story forward, I think he should walk it back at some point,” Kilmeade said.


Around 7:30 a.m., Trump issued a tweet denying he had used the vulgar language. 


There has been a lot of speculation that Trump's tweets are motivated by things that he sees on cable news — and particularly the "Fox & Friends" show in the morning. Just Thursday, Trump appeared to tweet about a surveillance vote in the House after the show presented a segment on it.

Axios reported last week that Trump is starting his workday later so he has more time to watch television and tweet in the mornings.