Fox News Host Defends Trump's Ukraine Call: 'Let Trump Be Trump'

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt joined a sizable chorus of conservatives defending President Donald Trump's alleged quid pro quo dealings with Ukraine by noting he's "not a politician."

The Fox & Friends co-hosts lavished praise on Sunday comments from California Republican congressman Todd McClintock, who touted Trump's refusal to use "delicate language" when he was discussing Ukraine aid with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in July. Earhardt said Americans should "let Trump be Trump" after playing a clip of McClintock telling ABC News that Trump's Ukraine dealings were "the blunt talk of a Manhattan businessman."

All of the hosts agreed that Americans elected Trump to "be Trump."

Ainsley Earhardt echoes a GOP congressman's defense of the July 25 phone call: "Let Trump be Trump. He was just being the man that people elected him to be when he was on that call."

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Martha Raddatz asked McClintock directly on Sunday, "Is there anything that the president did involving Ukraine that is wrong or that concerns you in any way?"

"Well he didn't use the delicate language of diplomacy, that's true. He also doesn't use this smarmy talk of politicians," the California Republican said in an ironically smarmy tone. "What you hear from Donald J. Trump is the blunt talk of a Manhattan businessman. He says what he means, he means what he says."

"That's the only remarkable thing about that conversation. But he was entirely within his constitutional authority and was following the statue that Congress adopted in granting aid to the Ukraine," McClintock added.

Earhardt and the Fox News morning crew then expressed their complete agreement with the GOP congressman's point, "He's saying basically, let Trump be Trump. He was just being the man that people elected him to be on that call."

The wider Fox & Friends segment responded to the White House saying they won't participate in Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearings regarding the impeachment inquiry into the president. McClintock said he supported the White House's decision to avoid sending counsel to defend Trump at the hearings, but would be in favor of sending former and current senior officials such as John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney to testify if courts allowed such testimony.

"I think it would be in the president's favor to have them testify now. But [Trump] has to weigh that against the enormous, catastrophic damage that would do to the doctrine of executive privilege, that assures that when policy is being developed within the administration those discussions are unfettered, are candid, are thinking outside of the box, that's why the doctrine of executive privilege exists."

"I can also understand how he is upset at the illegitimate process that we saw unfold in the Intelligence Committee," he added.

Earlier in the same Sunday program, Democratic congresswoman Val Demmings said she was hopeful Trump would send attorneys or former senior officials to testify at the House impeachment hearings.

"We are certainly hoping the president, his counsel will take advantage of that opportunity," she told Raddatz. "If he has done nothing wrong, we're certainly anxious to hear an explanation of that."

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Ainsley Earhardt and GOP rep. Todd McClintock defended Trump's Ukraine dealings by saying Americans elected him to "be Trump." Screenshot: Fox News