President Trump sat down with Fox anchor Chris Wallace on Sunday and responded to a barrage of tough questions from Wallace. Trump suggested during the interview that Wallace should have Joe Biden on for an equally tough round of questioning — Which Wallace said Biden has refused to do.
On the patio outside the oval office, both men sweating in the heat, Wallace grilled the president on a variety of issues, from the president’s coronavirus response to Joe Biden’s mental abilities.
The president challenged Wallace and said he thought that Wallace treated Democrats better, which Wallace denied, saying he liked to think he treated everybody the same.
The president suggested that Wallace prove his impartiality by interviewing Biden:
Let Biden sit through an interview like this. He’ll be on the ground crying for mommy. He’ll say, ‘Mommy, mommy, please, take me home.
Wallace agreed with Trump that Biden should sit for an interview and reached out to the Biden campaign, but they responded that Biden is not available for an interview.
In our interview last week with President Trump, he questioned whether his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, could handle a similar encounter. This week, we asked the Biden campaign for an interview and they said the former vice president was not available.
Wallace, no fan of Trump’s, credited the president with showing up for his interview and having answers:
The president is out there. He’s out there in this broiling heat with me for an hour, took all the questions. You can like his answers or dislike them, but he had answers.
Wallace said he will keep asking the Biden campaign for an interview.
The Biden campaign is caught between a rock and a hard place. If they let Joe out of the basement he is sure to fumble through an interview creating more viral gaffes, but if they don’t let him out of the basement for an interview, then they are tacitly admitting that President Trump is right that Joe can’t handle the tough questions. This time, they are willing to let Trump be right.