Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wasn’t happy with Fox News’ Chris Wallace over a tough line of questioning on President Donald Trump‘s recent remarks about possibly accepting foreign election interference.
The question came on “Fox News Sunday” in response to an answer Trump gave in an interview with ABC News. Asked what he would do if a foreign government reached out to his campaign to offer dirt on an opponent, the president said he might contact the FBI, but not before listening to what a foreign government had to say.
“I think maybe you do both,” he said. “I think you might want to listen, there’s nothing wrong with listening.”
Wallace had a simple question for Pompeo on Sunday: “Is accepting oppo research from a foreign government right or wrong?”
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
“Chris, you asked me not to call any of your questions today ridiculous,” Pompeo fired back. “You came really close right there.”
Pompeo suggested that Trump had “clarified” his remarks and said definitively that he would contact the FBI. But Wallace pressed Pompeo further, noting that the president only said “maybe” he would do both.
The host also noted that Trump appeared to walk back his comments in a Friday interview with “Fox & Friends,” saying that he would only contact the FBI after listening and only if the information was bad.
“But he also made it clear to George Stephanopoulos that he did not see this as foreign interference,” Wallace added, playing a clip from the ABC News interview.
Wallace referenced the “long history” of Americans rejecting foreign interference in elections:
“He says it’s not interference, it’s information. The country, sir, and I don’t have to tell you, has a long history dating back to George Washington in saying that foreign interference in our elections is unacceptable.”
But Pompeo wasn’t happy with the line of questioning, saying that he had “nothing further to add” and rejected the premise as a “Washington piece of silliness.”