Fox Business Host Stuart Varney Tells Joe Walsh: Trump Has Never Lied

Fox Business Host Stuart Varney Tells Joe Walsh: Trump Has Never LiedFox Business Network host Stuart Varney proclaimed with a straight face on Friday morning that President Donald Trump has never lied to the American people, asserting that Trump has only ever exaggerated and spun.During an interview with former one-term tea party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who recently announced a long-shot primary bid against Trump, the Fox host took issue with Walsh’s insistence that Trump is a pathological liar, asking the ex-congressman for specifics.Walsh, meanwhile, pointed to recent reports that White House aides have admitted that the president recently faked high-level phone calls with China regarding trade in an effort to boost markets, something Varney claimed doesn’t count as a lie.“That’s not a lie,” Varney exclaimed. “If the man said and he did that high-level talks had been held with China, that is not a lie. They were held with China.”“Stuart, he said there were high-level phone calls with Chinese officials, his staff admitted that was not true, that he lied in order to manipulate the market,” Walsh retorted, prompting Varney to wave him off.“Give me another one,” the pro-Trump anchor huffed.Walsh, however, pushed back, asking Varney if he genuinely didn’t believe that was a lie. When the Fox Business host insisted he did not and personally objected to Walsh calling it one, the former Republican lawmaker then wondered if Varney actually believed if Trump has ever fibbed.“Stuart, do you believe this president lies?” Walsh asked.“No,” Varney replied.“You don’t believe he’s ever lied?” Walsh shot back in disbelief.“He exaggerates and spins,” the Fox host retorted.“Okay. Do you believe he’s ever told the American people a lie?” Walsh pressed again.“No,” Varney stated.From there, Varney tried to flip it back around on Walsh, asking him if he lied when he said President Barack Obama was a Muslim, causing Walsh to admit it was a lie and that he’s apologized for that.Varney’s delusional declaration that the president—who has told at least 12,000 lies and false statement since entering the White House—has never lied comes on the heels of Trump 2020 campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany saying the same thing on CNN earlier this week, flooring CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Xi, Duterte Fail to Reach Agreement on South China Sea Issues

Xi, Duterte Fail to Reach Agreement on South China Sea Issues(Bloomberg) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s much-touted meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping yielded no agreement on the South China Sea territorial dispute between the two nations or a plan to explore the area for oil and gas.Instead, Xi and Duterte agreed to form committees to advance oil exploration talks, with the goal of lifting a Philippine moratorium on existing contracts, Manila’s envoy to Beijing Chito Sta. Romana told Bloomberg TV.“The goal is to proceed with service contracts that the Philippines has already issued and get the ball rolling,” the ambassador said, adding there’s a “moderately good chance” for a definitive deal by November.Xi also asked Duterte to stop the Philippines’ billion-peso online casinos catering mostly to Chinese nationals. Duterte “has not said anything about it” and will probably look into it, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said at a televised press briefing from Beijing.“What will have to be looked into is what will be lost when you stop online gaming,” Panelo said. “Will it affect the budget? You must remember revenues are coming in.”Sea CodeXi also said China and the Philippines should aim to conclude talks on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea by 2021, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported in a Weibo post. This was Duterte’s fifth visit to China in his three years in office, and his eighth meeting with Xi.The outcome of Xi and Duterte’s meeting shows joint oil exploration talks are proceeding “as slow as can be expected,” said Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea.“This will only be the start of the process,” Batongbacal said. “This does not guarantee that a final agreement will be signed.”Duterte was “steadfast” in his nation’s territorial claims and its victory in the arbitral court three years ago, which the Philippine leader described as “final, binding and not subject to appeal,” Panelo said in a statement. Xi stood by China’s position of not recognizing the ruling.“Both President Duterte and President Xi agreed that while their variant positions will have to remain, their differences however need not derail nor diminish the amity between the two countries,” Panelo said. They agreed “to manage the South China Sea issue, and to continue to dialogue peacefully in resolving the conflict.”The meeting in Beijing took place amid tensions over China’s increasing presence in the South China Sea and Beijing’s crackdown on the Philippines’ online casinos.Six DealsA loan agreement for a rail project across the Philippines’ main island and a financing cooperation pact were among the six deals signed, witnessed by Xi and Duterte.Weeks before the trip, and as the Philippines protested the presence of hundreds of Chinese vessels in one of the disputed Spratly Islands, Duterte said the time had come to bring up his country’s 2016 international tribunal win against China. He had set aside the ruling to warm ties with Xi and tap Chinese funding.“President Duterte and President Xi agreed on the importance of self-restraint and respect for freedom of navigation in – and overflight above – the South China Sea,” Panelo said in his statement.Xi “wants a good media narrative out of his meeting with Duterte” said Jeffrey Ordaniel, assistant professor of international security studies at Tokyo International University. “Certainly, China wants to create a false atmosphere of calm and cooperation in the South China Sea.”(Updates with Philippine spokesman’s comment on online casinos.)\–With assistance from Cecilia Yap.To contact the reporter on this story: Andreo Calonzo in Manila at acalonzo1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Cecilia Yap at cyap19@bloomberg.net, Ruth Pollard, Clarissa BatinoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.