- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fox News on Tuesday disavowed hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro appearing onstage at President Trump’s rally in Missouri, saying the network “does not condone any talent participating in campaign events.”

“We have an extraordinary team of journalists helming our coverage tonight, and we are extremely proud of their work,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement. “This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”

The statement came after Mr. Hannity briefly praised the president after he and Ms. Pirro were invited onstage during a rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Monday night. 

Hours before his appearance, Mr. Hannity tweeted that he would be covering the event for his radio show and would not be campaigning with Mr. Trump.

“In spite of reports, I will be doing a live show from Cape Girardeau and interviewing President Trump before the rally,” he tweeted Monday. “To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President. I am covering final rally for my show. Something I have done in every election in the past.”

The Fox News host defended that statement on Twitter Tuesday, saying it still rang true because Mr. Trump’s invitation to join him onstage was a surprise.

“What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful,” Mr. Hannity wrote. “When the POTUS invited me on stage to give a few remarks last night, I was surprised, yet honored by the president’s request. This was NOT planned.”

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