Oooops! Fox News host calls Trump a “dictator”

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On the show “Fox and Friends” host Abby Huntsman accidentally called US President Donald Trump a dictator while doing a live coverage of the President’s historic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.

Fox News is a satellite television news and American basic cable channel well known for its favorable views and strong support for the President, as well as for its critical stance concerning his predecessor, Barack Obama. Fox News supports many members of the Republican Party, to which Mr. Trump belongs.

One of Fox News’ most well-known pundits, Sean Hannity, is also a client of the President’s personal lawyer.

So it came as a complete surprise that Mr. Trump would be called a “dictator” on a Fox News show.

Ms. Huntsman actually called both the US and North Korean leaders “dictators” when she said, “Regardless of what happens in that meeting between the two dictators, what we are seeing right now, this is history.” 

She made this remark while footage of the President alighting from Air Force One at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore was aired, speaking to Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director for the Trump administration.

Sharp eared viewers caught Ms. Hunstman’s slip up and posted the clip on social media. Film producer and critic of Mr. Trump, Adam Best, tweeted a video clip from the Fox show, which quickly went viral.

Adam Best @adamcbest Jun 10 “Fox & Friends accidentally said this about the Singapore summit: “regardless of what happens in that meeting between the two dictators.” 

This gaffe is probably the most honest thing ever said in the program’s history.”


Mr. Best’s tweet and video were liked more than 171,000 times and re-tweeted more than 68,000 times.

Ms. Huntsman apologized on air shortly after her gaffe, saying”on live TV sometimes you don’t always say things perfectly” and that it was not her intention to call Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim “dictators.”

She also said,”I did not mean to say that. My mistake, so I apologize for that.”

She later reiterated her apology via Twitter.


Mr. Scaramucci did not react on air to Ms. Huntsman’s mistake, a non-reaction which gave some netizens reason to poke fun at him, and at the gaffe in general.