NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd slammed GOP Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) for responding to a question about the ongoing Trump-Ukraine scandal with a “Fox News conspiracy” during a heated interview on Sunday.
“I have no idea why a Fox News conspiracy propaganda stuff is popping up on here. I have no idea. I have no idea why we’re going here,” Todd said.
He then pressed the senator to “answer the question that I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you’re not criticizing him.”
“What made you wince? I’m asking a simple question about you clearly were upset that somehow there was an implication that military aid was being frozen because the president wanted an investigation. Why did you wince?” Todd asked.
WATCH: @SenRonJohnson is asked why he winced & brings up a "conspiracy theory."@chucktodd: "I have no idea why we're going here. … Can we please answer the question I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you're not criticizing him?" #MTP pic.twitter.com/41i7WPHQlF
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 6, 2019
“Because I didn’t want those connected,” Johnson responded. “I was supporting the aid.”
Johnson said he asked Trump about allegations that military aid was being withheld from Ukraine as Trump asked the country’s leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 candidate.
“He completely denied it. He adamantly denied it. He vehemently, angrily denied it. He said, ‘I’d never do that,'” Johnson said.
The senator continued to defend Trump by saying that “the press is horribly biased.”
“I understand that the way to avoid answering a question is to attack us in the press,” Todd responded.