VIRAL VIDEO SHOWS TV HOST TAKE DOWN FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISER OVER ADMINISTRATION ‘LIES’
|ROGER COLE, NEWSWEEK|AIWA! NO!|An adviser to Donald Trump’s 2020 election campaign has admitted the president’s claim the U.S. is the only country with birthright citizenship was “false,” but said this did not mean it was a lie.
The comments came in a tense exchange between Al Jazeera presenter Mehdi Hasan and Steven Rogers in a clip that has been widely shared on social media.
Hasan also asked Rogers whether Trump was right when he said the U.S. is the only country where someone can come in from overseas, give birth, and then that baby is a citizen.
Rogers described that as a “misstatement” and “false” but said “that doesn’t mean it’s a lie.”
Hey US media folks, here, I would argue immodestly, is how you interview a Trump supporter on Trump’s lies:
Rogers also backed Trump’s claims that there were riots in California against illegal immigration in so-called sanctuary cities, to which Hasan cited the state’s police chiefs association’s statement that this did not happen.
Hasan asked Rogers on the programme UpFront why Trump made the midterm campaign claim that there were six to seven steel facilities are going to be opened up, although none have been announced by U.S. Steel.
Rogers said: “Look, I don’t know of what context these statements were made but I can tell you this, the president of the United States has been very responsive to the American people and the American people are doing well.”
U.S. President Donald Trump at the American Cemetery of Suresnes, outside Paris, on November 11, 2018 as part of Veterans Day. His adviser for the 2020 election Steven Rogers was questioned by Al Jazeera over alleged lies told by the president.CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Hasan countered by saying: “The American people can be doing well and the president can be a liar, there’s no contradiction between those two statements.”
Rogers responded with: “I am not going to say the president of the United States is a liar.” Hasan had started the exchange by saying: “The president lies daily, multiple times.”