Chris Ruddy: ‘I Have Not Spoken to’ Trump About Firing Mueller

Newsmax CEO sticks by assertion, but says he doesn't 'speak on behalf of the president'

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said he “never spoke to” President Donald Trump about whether or not Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, and noted that he doesn’t “speak on behalf of the president.” He spoke during an interview Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

Ruddy’s comments on PBS News Hour Monday, in which he claimed Trump is “considering perhaps terminating” Mueller, ignited a firestorm across the media overnight and prompted White House press secretary Sean Spicer to issue a late-night statement. Insisting that his information “is good,” Ruddy dismissed Spicer’s statement.

“I’m not a spokesman for the White House, and I certainly don’t speak on behalf of the president. I think he does a great job doing that himself,” Ruddy said.

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“Despite the fellow issuing a press release on this, you know, Spicer did not deny my statement that the president is considering it an option,” Ruddy added. “Why would you get up late at night and issue a press release saying, ‘Chris Ruddy doesn’t speak for the president’?”

Spicer’s statement said, “Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue,” adding, “With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”

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Ruddy said he “never claimed” to speak on behalf of Trump or the White House in his PBS News Hour interview.

“I was under the knowledge that [Trump] is considering it as an option. [Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice Jay] Sekulow said the same thing,” Ruddy said. “I never said that I spoke to [Trump] about it. In fact, I have not spoken to him about it. But I obviously have heard that he is considering it an option.”

Noting that Trump is “a very smart business guy,” Ruddy pointed to Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” and how Trump “always says keep all your options open, keep all your adversaries guessing what your next move is.”

“I don’t think it would be wise if [Trump] does fire the special [counsel], but I’m not saying that he is even going to do that,” Ruddy added. “I do think the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, is out to get the president. And I do think he’s illegitimate and the special counsel — I don’t think there was a crime or any serious allegation made that allows for the appointment of the special counsel. So I’m perplexed by the whole thing.”

Turning back to Spicer’s statement, Ruddy noted that the press secretary “never challenges my initial allegation” at all. All the statement did was insist that Ruddy does not speak for Trump or the White House.

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“So, it’s a little bit of like amateur hour at the White House communications office,” Ruddy said. “I don’t think they’re doing the president any favors, and it’s unfortunate because he really does need people who explain to the public why the special prosecutor is a bad thing and why he’s out to get the president.”

“And [Trump] also needs people to talk about his incredible record so far as president. And that’s not happening. And I guess somebody didn’t like that,” Ruddy added. “And so I get a press release about me at night. I’m still going to argue what I believe, which is that the special counsel should not have been appointed in this case.”

Ruddy pointed out that Mueller has appointed several staff members who have donated to Democratic candidates and the Democratic Party.

While the media and the Left continue to obsess over the Russia probe and any impeachable offense they can attempt to pin on Trump, Mueller lamented that this narrative distracts from the Trump administration’s agenda.

“I think it’s one sideshow after another from the media, and it’s smoke put upon more smoke,” Ruddy said.

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