Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Friday said the White House is “playing a very dangerous game” with its credibility.
“Look, it may just be that the president is trolling the press corps and saying work yourself into a frenzy about this and it turns out to be nothing,” Wallace said on Fox of Friday’s White House press briefing.
“But why would he do that?” he continued. “Why would he want to decrease the credibility which is already in question of this White House and comments made from that podium?”
“It seems to me that you’re playing a very dangerous game with the currency of the credibility of the President of the United States.”
Wallace reacted to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s response during the press briefing when pressed about whether there was a recording device in the Oval Office.
Reporters questioned the White House spokesman after Trump sent a cryptic tweet earlier in the day warning ousted FBI Director James Comey about having “tapes” of their conversations.
Spicer declined to provide any additional information beyond Trump’s tweet.
“It took my breath away,” Wallace said. “That was what in Watergate they called a non-denial denial.”
The White House has struggled to present a unified narrative about Trump’s firing of Comey on Tuesday, which created a storm of speculation over the timing of the dismissal amid the FBI’s probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Trump added another wrinkle to the story Friday when he warned Comey about “tapes” of their conversations, amid a flood of leaks to the media from the White House.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted.
Spicer refused to say later Friday whether Trump recorded his conversations with Comey.
“I’ve talked to the president,” he said. “The president has nothing further to add on that.”
“That’s not a threat,” Spicer maintained regarding Trump’s tweet. “He simply stated a fact. The tweet speaks for itself.”