'So many distortions': Fox News security correspondent delivers live on-air fact-check to ex-Trump adviser on Putin

'So many distortions': Fox News security correspondent delivers live on-air fact-check to ex-Trump adviser on Putin
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Much of Fox News’ commentary on Russia and Ukraine has been downright absurd, from Tucker Carlson being an apologist for Russian President Vladimir Putin to other far-right Fox News pundits blaming U.S. President Joe Biden and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. But one person at Fox News who is willing to call out such nonsense is Jennifer Griffin, a national security correspondent for the right-wing cable news outlet.

Griffin, on February 27, came on after an appearance by Fox News guest Col. Douglas MacGregor, a former Donald Trump adviser who used his appearance to bash NATO. Griffin was vehemently critical of MacGregor, telling her colleague Trey Gowdy that there were “so many distortions” in “what he just said.”

MacGregor, Griffin noted, complained about “NATO and the West vilifying Putin” and was “sounding like an apologist for Putin.” And Griffin also took issue with MacGregor saying he knows “how far Putin wants to go.”

“I don’t think that anyone that I’ve spoken to here at the Pentagon or in western intelligence believes they know how far Putin wants to go,” Griffin told Gowdy. “And I think that the world has seen what Putin is capable of. And to blame NATO membership for what we’ve seen Putin unleash…. We’ve seen, in Putin’s own words, that he is talking in czarist terms from an 18th, 19th Century view of imperial Russia.”

Griffin also said of MacGregor, “What he just said was so distorted that I do feel that our audience needs to know the truth.”

Griffin slammed MacGregor for his “appeasement talk” and went on tell Gowdy, “In terms of Putin, I’ve known and seen Vladimir Putin operate since 1999, when I was based in Moscow for Fox. It’s where I started my career with Fox. And Vladimir Putin is a former KGB agent; he’s been laying the groundwork for this.”

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