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Michael Reagan: I Get Shepard Smith's Trump Rant

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 04:20 PM

The eldest son of Ronald Reagan has come to the defense of Shepard Smith, telling Newsmax TV the Fox News anchor was justified in blasting the Trump administration for not coming completely clean about Donald Trump Jr.’s secret meeting with Russian operatives.

"Shepard Smith isn't that far off base," Michael Reagan, a veteran political commentator, told host Miranda Khan on Wednesday's "America Talks Live."

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Trump Jr. originally said the meeting at Trump Tower involved Russia's adoption policies, later revealed the sit down occurred when he was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Then it came out that more people were at the powwow than originally disclosed.

Last Friday, Smith exploded on the air, "Why is it lie after lie after lie? . . . My grandmother used to say, 'Oh, the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.' The deception . . . is mind boggling. And, there are still people out there who believe we're making it up, and one day they're going to realize we're not."

Reagan told Khan: "I wouldn't have called it lies, but if you really look at how it's laid out . . It went from a meeting with one person, then there was two, then there was three – now there's eight people that were in the meeting he forgot about."

He said, just like Trump Jr., he had been deeply involved in his own father's presidential campaign, but would have drawn the line at a meeting with Russia.

"There was nothing illegal about the meeting, but had I been in that same position . . . I certainly would've called my father if I going to meet with opposition research from foreign countries," Reagan said.

"[I would have] said, do you think I should take this meeting or not, and let him make that decision, instead of me going out of my own and taking the meeting and then going to report it someplace else later on. I think it was done not in the right way by Don Jr.

"I don't fault Shep Smith for going off on it as a news reporter and the frustration of drip, drip, drip, drip, drip when in fact all of this could've been put out on Sean [Hannity's] own show the night that Don Jr. appeared on [it]."

Some in the Trump administration have attempted to downplay the meeting, calling it "nothing burger," but Reagan doesn't agree.

"It's a never a 'nothing burger' when you can meet with eight people – some of which are from a foreign country and talk about opposition research," he said. "There's nothing in a run-up for the presidency. There's no meeting that ever takes place in a run-up to the presidency that is a 'nothing burger.'

"It doesn't mean they're illegal, but there's no meeting on the planet that is a 'nothing burger.' There is always something going at those meetings because your father is running – as my father was – for the presidency of the United States."

Reagan is the author of "Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan," written with Jim Denney and published by Humanix Books.

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