- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fox News star Bret Baier says there is a lot of credence to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s theory about the president “trolling” reporters.

The host of “Special Report with Bret Baier” says outrage over President Trump possibly stripping Obama-era officials of security clearances may be exactly what he wants.

In short: Mr. Trump lays rhetorical bait for biased reporters knowing full well that they will overreact — thus making him look good.

“This president sometimes does troll the media and the left,” Mr. Baier said Tuesday. “I think that he wants heads to explode.”

Mr. Trump’s critics displayed anger on Monday after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged the possibility of former FBI Director James B. Comey, former CIA Director John O. Brennan and others losing security clearances.

“I think he’s trolling people, honestly,” Mr. Ryan told reporters Monday. “This is something that’s in the purview of the Executive branch.”

“People’s heads explode,” Mr. Baier added. “And then they overreact. And then we cover the overreaction and then the people in the middle of the country say, ‘you know what?’”

The network’s chief political anchor used a tweet in which Mr. Trump surmised Russia might interfere with the midterm elections as an example of trolling the media.

“This president, more than any other before, knows how to control the news cycles,” Mr. Baier said, Mediaite reported. “And he knows how to be the story.”

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