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Krauthammer: Clinton & Lynch should have known meeting was a mistake

Fox News Contributor and Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday Former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Lorreta Lynch should have known their unplanned meeting Monday at Phoenix’s airport was a mistake.

“I mean how do you bump into somebody, their private plane, if you’re starting from outside the plane,” Krauthammer said on Special Report.

Lynch told the press earlier this week there were no discussion of any cases, including the current government investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email practices. She added the conversation between her and President Clinton was social in nature and focused mostly on each other’s grandchildren and the former president’s travels.

Krauthammer said he would take the attorney general by her word but wondered what the rest of the conversation was about.

He called it a “silly self-inflicted wound” and “not a big deal,” but added “in the context of a Clinton campaign that is just riddled with lies, cover ups, prevarications, all kinds of excuses that are really hard to believe” it won’t help Hillary Clinton’s trustworthiness numbers.

Krauthammer on both presidential candidates abandoning free trade: ‘That will change the whole international landscape’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that, as both presumptive presidential nominees – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – have expressed concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade deals more generally, our allies have a lot to lose come 2017.

“If the Republicans are now abandoning free trade, for the first time ever in our memory, we're having a presidential campaign where neither side is for free trade,” Krauthammer said, adding, “Which I think bodes really badly for our allies abroad, the Australians, the Canadians, the Mexicans.”

Krauthammer went on to describe how a more narrow trade policy could impact allies like our neighbors to the south.

“Imagine the Mexicans looking at the cancellation of NAFTA, what effect it would have on them,” he said, concluding, “[Our allies] always assumed the United States would be the one country that would rise above the most narrow, economic nationalism, and save the idea of free trade. That's not going to be true come January 2017. And that will change the whole international landscape.”

Carlson: Clinton attacks on Trump economic policies are ‘ludicrous’

Tucker Carlson told “Special Report with Bret Baier” viewers Tuesday that it’s “ludicrous” for Hillary Clinton to attack Donald Trump’s economic plans.

“It’s always amazing to watch liberals lecture anyone else on debt,” said Carlson.

Clinton delivered a speech Tuesday with the singular goal of attacking the GOP frontrunner’s economic policies. Her venue was Columbus, OH, where a Quinnipiac University poll recently found Clinton and Trump in a dead heat at 40 percent each in the battleground state.

Carlson continued explaining the irony of Clinton’s claims.

“The boldest part of this address today was her claim that Trump is somehow a handmaiden to the rich,” said Carlson. “This is someone who’s running to continue Barack Obama’s economic policies…” 

Bret Baier Interviews His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Bret sat down with the Dalai Lama for an interview that aired on Special Report. His Holiness spoke on numerous issues including China and Tibet, the refugee crisis, religion, terrorism and immigration. There was more on immigration that unfortunately did not make it into the piece that aired. Here’s the interview, with that missing part. 

Krauthammer: “This is the worst person the democrats could have chosen to deliver the message”

Krauthammer on Hillary’s National Security Speech and efforts to paint Trump as unqualified to be President: “This is the worst person the democrats could have chosen to deliver the message” 

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the first major foreign policy speech by Hillary Clinton on Thursday was filled with content on Donald Trump that  opposition researchers accumulated for 6 months and “was rather devastating.”  Hillary set out to paint Trump as unqualified to be commander-in-chief.  But he said, “the problem is, she delivers it and you’re looking at her you think, this is the worst person the democrats could have chosen to deliver the message.”  Krauthammer  continued by saying, “you look at her and think Benghazi, the Russian Reset, the disastrous withdrawal from Iraq and then she ends up.  What’s her positive? Defending the Iran deal.”  Krauthammer believes that when the it comes to foreign affairs,  the campaign, “is  going to be incredibly negative and it’s going to go all the way to the bottom.”

George Will on putting American forces close to combat, but not in combat: ‘Probably a conundrum’

Syndicated columnist George Will said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that, on this Memorial Day, President Obama is doing everything the American public will allow him to do in the fight against ISIS.

“The president is doing all that the country will permit him to do. That is air support and logistical support,” Will said, adding, “Beyond that, they will put up with very little. Except… [American troops] are still getting killed.”

Will went on to say that while the majority of Americans may not want another ground war, if our troops are assisting Iraqi forces and Syrian rebels in close proximity, it may be difficult to stay out of harm’s way.

“They're supposedly advising and assisting, but [this is a] conflict where there are no static lines, as there were in World War II or in the trench warfare of World War I,” he said, concluding, “In a fluid situation like that, the idea you can put people close to combat and not in combat is probably a conundrum.”

Krauthammer on gun control: ‘[Clinton’s argument] is a rather tepid one… [Trump’s] is strong.’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that following the announcement the National Rifle Association with back Donald Trump in the presidential race, the issue of guns in the general election will likely be a winning one for Trump – and a loss for Hillary Clinton.

“It’s true there have been some changes in public opinion as a result of the horrific gun massacres that have occurred, but if you heard Donald Trump speaking about it, and then you heard… Hillary Clinton, which argument is easier to make? Save the Second Amendment, or that meandering, somewhat nuanced, you might say if you were generous, argument that she made?”  Krauthammer asked, referring first to Trump’s commitment to gun owner’s rights -- and then to Clinton’s recent comments that guns don’t solve problems.

“[Her argument] is a rather tepid one, I’m not against it, I’m not for it. His is strong,” Krauthammer said, adding, “The Trump argument is a lot easier to make, and I think in the end, it’s much more of a winner… It’s easier to see and understand.”

Krauthammer: Trump/Ryan meeting “a sham marriage”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to the meeting between House Speaker Paul Ryan and presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington today, “this is a sham marriage.”

Krauthammer predicted an eventual “perfunctory” endorsement from Ryan between now and the election.

He also said the difference between the two candidates joining together today is “good will” and not common principles.

“Paul Ryan is a conservative, has been all his life, and committed to certain conservative principles,” Krauthammer said. “Trump has made clear he is not a conservative. He’s a nationalist, populist

Ingraham says Trump Tax returns only matter to Hillary and maybe Mitt Romney

Conservative Radio Host Laura Ingraham told viewers on Wednesday's Special Report with Bret Baier that Donald Trump's tax returns aren't going to matter much in this election. 

Ingraham questions why Mitt Romney, the former 2012 Republican presidential nominee, would suggest that by not releasing his tax returns, Donald Trump is "disqualifying" himself from the race with voters.   "I don't know what Mitt Romney is doing... I guess at this point, he's in it to help Hillary,"  says Ingraham.

Trump insists he won't release his returns until the Internal Revenue Service has finished auditing them and his wealth has long been a subject of discussion since he entered the race last year. 

Ingraham says the Republican party is moving to a "populist, slightly more nationalistic party" and only Hillary Clinton is going to go after the billionaire nominee with respect to his tax returns. 

"Trump's not a doctrinaire conservative. We all know that but that's where the party has moved," Ingraham points out.  "Tax returns," the radio talk show host continued, "I don't  think that in this election cycle with so much on the line is going to have much of an affect, even though Hillary will try to make it."  

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