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Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor'


Added 08-18-19 06:56:03am EST - “Chris Wallace was nearing the end of a tense interview last year with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, where the "Fox News Sunday" anchor had won the mercurial leader's attention by handing him an indictment implicating…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceDemocrats point to Trump rhetoric on immigration in wake of two mass shootings Buttigieg addresses backlash after police shooting: 'The badge has a history' Top aide: China must end 'Seven Deadly Sins' to stop trade war MORE was nearing the end of a tense interview last year with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinWyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations Trump's winning weapon: Time Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE in Helsinki, where the “Fox News Sunday” anchor had won the mercurial leader's attention by handing him an indictment implicating Russian agents in U.S. election meddling and engaging him on the country’s nuclear weapons and its role in Syria’s civilian massacres.

"I thought, 'I’ve really got a great interview here now, but I have one great question left.' And I'm thinking, ‘Should I ask it or not?’ And I thought to myself, 'What the hell?'" Wallace recalled in an interview with The Hill.

"I said, 'Why is it so many of the people who oppose Vladimir Putin end up dead?' And again, it was an audible gasp in the room from the Russians."

Late last month, Wallace was nominated for an Emmy for his interview with Putin, marking the first-ever nomination for the Fox News Channel at the annual television awards.

The Putin interview is one of several sit-downs Wallace has conducted in the Trump era that has garnered headlines or resulted in viral moments. In an increasingly partisan and siloed news environment, and with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE and other leaders stoking distrust in the media, Wallace has carved out a reputation as a tough but fair interviewer who has gotten the best of members of both parties.

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