Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was interviewed Monday by James Golden, aka “Bo Snerdley,” on his WABC-AM show in New York and Golden wasted little time delving into the reports by some in the media that Meadows may be turning on former President Donald Trump.
Meadows’ response — which came with a hearty laugh — may prove to be a letdown for those hoping he would try to take Trump down, as he assured Golden that wasn’t the case.
It was reported late last week that Meadows was not going to risk being hit with contempt of Congress charges like former Trump aide Steve Bannon and would instead agree to appear before Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s politically-motivated January 6th House select committee investigating the riots at the U.S. Capitol, and that news was followed by Meadows saying in his new book, titled “The Chief’s Chief,” that Trump first tested positive for the virus on Sept. 26, three days before his Sept. 29 debate with Joe Biden.
“Mark Meadows has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition,” said U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who chairs the panel. “The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive.”
“I’m not going to be the first chief of staff to take down what is rightfully his,” Meadows told Golden, insisting he will honor Trump’s executive privilege claim to shield his White House records from the select committee — the Meadows interview begins at the 16:25 minute mark:
The former congressman also said he was not aware of anyone in the White House who has “any advance knowledge” of the rioting that took place at the Capitol.
“I think the committee is going to be disappointed to hear that,” Meadows said. “In fact, I know of no delays that took place in the West Wing, and just the opposite. I also know that President Trump had ordered 10,000 National Guard troops just to make sure that things were safe and secure that particular day.”
When Golden observed that it doesn’t sound like he’s turning on Trump, Meadows said with a laugh: No, not at all. He’s still a very close friend and we talk on a regular basis.”
Not dodging the Covid testing claim, Golden asked Meadow to explain what was going on with that.
Meadows said his book “talks about all the great things that President Trump was able to accomplish, brings people inside the Oval Office and helps them understand how the president made decisions, how bold he was in doing that.” He then explained that what he wrote about was a “false positive” that was picked up by the media.
Trump disputed the testing claim as “Fake News,” and Meadows walked the claim back during an appearance on Newsmax TV, essentially agreeing with the former president.
“If you actually read the book — the context of it — that story outlined a false positive,” he said. “Literally he had a test, had two other tests after that that showed he didn’t have Covid during the debate.”
Newsmax anchor Rob Schmitt: “I believe the president said it’s fake news. What’s the story here?”
Mark Meadows: “Well, the president’s right, it’s fake news.” pic.twitter.com/p2zkaT5Vw0
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 2, 2021
“The whole headline was he went to the debate with Covid and that’s just not accurate,” Meadows told Golden. “We’ve corrected the record, but as you know, people can spin things a number of different ways.”
Meadows also gave a full-throated endorsement of Golden’s book, “Rush on the Radio,” which is a heartfelt behind-the-scenes take on what it was like working with the late radio legend Rush Limbaugh. Golden was the call screener on Limbaugh’s syndicated radio program, “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” and senior producer when guest hosts filled in. There from the beginning to the end, Golden shares in the book what Rush “never wanted anyone to know” during his living years.
Golden returned the praise by reminding listeners that Meadows was a key figure in establishing the House Freedom Caucus, which has been a valuable resource for conservatism in America. He also noted that despite what many said, he managed to hang around as Trump’s chief of staff. Meadow replied to say his shared “vision and love for America.”
“He had a true love for America, not just the flag, not just law enforcement and first responders, but he wanted America to be revered, respected and prosperous,” he said, adding that Trump was “the hardest working guy I’ve ever been with.”
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