Friday morning, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley continuously refused to deny a report about President Trump on Fox News.
On Thursday, BuzzFeed News reported that President Trump had instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a construction project for a Trump Tower in Moscow. When asked about the validity of the report, Gidley refused to deny it and instead blamed the media for spreading such a story.
Fox Reporter: You are saying the president did not tell Michael Cohen to do that.
WH Spokesman: This is why the president refuses to give credence to news outlets
Fox Reporter: That was not a denial
WH Spokesman: The premise is ridiculous
Gidley’s statements fall in line with President Trump’s tendency to blame questions and concerns on the press. Nonetheless, the original report demonstrates a significant change in the ongoing Russia investigation.
As BuzzFeed wrote it:
“Cohen's testimony marks a significant new frontier: It is the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia.”