Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) wasn’t entirely honest during a recent interview when talking about President Donald Trump. Thankfully, the internet corrected him.
During a “Fox & Friends” interview, the California Republican tried to make George Papadopolous, Trump’s former foreign policy adviser and current FBI informant on the Russia probe, look unimportant. By saying that Papadopolous “never even had met with the president,” he seemed to make the point that whatever the former adviser told the FBI meant nothing as he wasn’t really inside the loop, so to speak.
Unfortunately for Nunes, Papadopolous has been essential to the FBI’s probe, as his drunken conversation with an Australian diplomat is what triggered officials to look into the alleged Russian effort to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
Regardless of what role Papadopolous played, the fact is that Nunes wasn’t truthful when he told Fox hosts and their viewers that the president and the former adviser never met. Thankfully, that was quickly fixed with a tweet.
Vox’s Matthew Yglesias shared an official Trump campaign photo on Twitter in which the president is seen with Papadopolous.
House Intel Chair says there’s no evidence Papadoupolos ever met with Trump.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 5, 2018
Here’s an official Trump campaign photo of Papadoupolos meeting with Trump. pic.twitter.com/eJfilt9PgA
Users promptly reacted, with some saying they aren’t even surprised that Trump’s camp would lie so openly.
God, Nunes sucks at this. Next memo: Our investigation has turned up no evidence that Russia even exists. We went there several times just to make sure.— Steven Martens (@StevenMartens23) February 5, 2018
But he's not looking at Trump! Never met. Fake news.— Greg Boggis (@BoggisNews) February 5, 2018
That picture has been out there since we first heard Papa's name- stupid or dishonest? (I know, both- but specifically in this case)— John Carpenter (@jcinhct) February 5, 2018
Usually, the "coffee boy" doesn't get to sit at the table in a meeting!— No Alternative Facts ???? (@NoAltFacts1984) February 5, 2018
Still, despite Nunes’ effort to downplay Papadopolous’ influence, The Hill has reported on two occasions that the former adviser both edited foreign policy speeches for the president and even arranged meetings on his behalf with foreign leaders.
Still, it seems that the non-factual TV comment paid off in the end. After his interview on "Fox & Friends," Trump praised Nunes on Twitter, calling him a “great American hero.”
Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
It’s not a surprise that the president would be so quick to praise someone for being untruthful.