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Fox News Host Calls Out Trump Jr. in ‘Walter Cronkite’ Moment

Fox News host Shepard Smith criticized what he described as “lies” and “deception” from Donald Trump Jr. in light of emerging details of his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Smith cited Trump Jr.’s claim in an exclusive interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that the meeting equated to “nothing,” although it has come to light that the session included eight people.

Trump Jr. also contended that he “wouldn’t have even remembered it until you started scouring through this stuff. It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.”

During his Friday broadcast, Smith said to fellow Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, “Why is it lie after lie?”

“The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling,” Smith said.

“We’re still not clean on this, Chris,” Smith said. “If there’s nothing there — and that’s what they tell us — if all of that, why all these lies?”

Smith posed a question at those who claim the issue of the meeting is nothing but “fake news.”

“There are still people out there who believe we’re making it up, and one day they’re going to realize we’re not and look around and go, ‘Where are we, and why are we getting told all these lies?’”

Wallace responded by basically agreeing with Smith.

“I don’t know what to say. I think there’s a lot of truth to everything you’ve said,” Wallace said.

“This really shouldn’t be a matter of liberal vs. conservative, pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump,” Wallace said. “If you’re a fair-minded citizen, you ought to be concerned about the fact that we were repeatedly misled about what this meeting concerned.”

The Washington Post described Smith’s monologue as his “Walter Cronkite” moment, referring to the late CBS News anchor’s 1968 cynical report on the Vietnam War which reportedly prompted President Lyndon Johnson to say, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

Smith’s remarks quickly made news, leading some to call for him to be fired.

Smith previously pitted himself against Trump and his administration when he said in February that CNN was “not fake news,” a claim frequently made by the president.