The hosts of “The View” erupted Thursday over reports that President Donald Trump banned American media from covering his Wednesday Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislak, calling the move “treason.”
Joy Behar had some choice words for the president after he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislak at the Oval Office on May 10, and barred U.S. media outlets from covering the meeting, The Blaze reported.
Behar called Trump’s move to shun the U.S. media “treason,” pointing out that a Russian photographer was allowed into the Oval Office to take pictures for Russian state news agencies. She also mentioned the fact that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was fired for meeting with the same people Trump was meeting with.
“He’s speaking to the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak — who’s the one who Michael Flynn got fired for talking to him about possibly talking about sanctions,” Behar said. “And in the room, here’s Trump talking to the Russians and the Russian press is there covering … and guess who’s missing from the room? The American press.”
“They were barred from the room,” Behar continued. “All I’m saying in this lengthy speech, which I hate to give, is that this is treason to me. This is un-American, un-patriotic. Americans should be furious. Furious. This is the American press being left out … it hurts my feelings, frankly.”
Co-host Jedediah Bila chimed in and spoke about the challenges people face today with consuming the news.
“For me, it’s exhausting. He’s exhausting. There’s all this stuff — some of it is ‘he said, she said’ — well most of all for me is you’re seeing the personality of the man,” Bila said. “This is a guy you came to know on a television show saying, ‘You’re fired,’ and it was funny and it was entertaining then, but he’s doing that now with Comey, with media people, and he thinks he still on a television show, but you’re president now and you’re accountable to us.
“And I think it’s challenging for people to try and follow the news right now because there are people who voted for him with the expectation that he was going to help them and I get that, but his character right now — stop, don’t bend over backwards trying to defend character that looks like there’s something wrong that’s going on here, there’s something not great about this.”
Trump recently came under fire after The Washington Post reported that he revealed highly classified information to Russian officials regarding the Islamic State. The president has since taken to Twitter to speak on Russia.
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump tweeted on May 16. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
“I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community,” the president added in a separate tweet.