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Trump went on Fox News and this is what he said

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Former President Donald Trump‘s Monday interview with Harris Faulkner of Fox News came to an odd closure, when the pair disagreed with each other over who had initiated the interview.

Toward the end of the interview, Faulkner brought up Trump on Sunday night calling Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas‘s Sunday television appearances “pathetic, clueless,” noting that most former presidents usually refrain from commenting on such things after leaving office.

MORE ON MAYORKAS: Graham: ‘It’s time for Mayorkas to change course or change jobs’

“Most ex-presidents like yourself don’t weigh in at this level,” she said. “Why did you feel you needed to on this issue?”

“Well, you called me. I didn’t call you in all fairness,” Trump replied.

Faulkner grinned and pushed back, saying “you wrote the statement last night.”

After that, the former president went on to slam how the Biden administration is “destroying our country,” saying “they are destroying it with woke”—and, from there, ripped into cancel culture.

Eventually, Faulkner decided to bring the interview to a close, saying “we did call you and we’re glad you did, and we now have more information than we had on some of the issues with your border policies as well and thankful for your time.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Five returned rental cars used by Biden’s Secret Service burst into flames

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A bizarre situation involving rental cars used during one of President Joe Biden’s trips has social media and conspiracy theorists busy with speculation.

The day after President Joe Biden left Nantucket for his Thanksgiving holiday, five Hertz rental cars hired by his Secret Service detail burst into flames in the airport parking lot.

The Nantucket Current tweeted out photos and wrote, “The cars were owned by Hertz, and had just been returned by members of the Secret Service who had been using them during President Biden’s visit, sources said.”

A fire “involving multiple rental vehicles recently used by Secret Service agents erupted early Monday morning at Nantucket Memorial Airport,” reported the Current.

According to a statement from Nantucket Memorial Airport, at 5:22 a.m. on Monday, airport staff observed an active fire through the closed circuit TV system in the rental car overflow area. Local fire and police departments responded and contained the fire.

“Something very fishy going on,” one YouTube user commented on the Nantucket Current’s video. “No freakin’ way was this a coincidence. Absolutely no way,” wrote another.

An investigation is underway. The working theory is that the fire started in a Ford Expedition, which was under a safety recall since May due to a faulty battery junction box that has been known to cause underhood fires. The recall affects 66,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators manufactured between December 2020 and April 2021.

“We believe these vehicle fires can be traced to a circuit board supplier that changed manufacturing locations during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to Ford’s website. “The printed circuit boards produced there are sometimes susceptible to a high-current short.”

“Of the eight fire allegations, six occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, and two occurred while driving,” says the initial March 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the part of the Department of Transportation that investigates car safety issues. Interestingly, the eight vehicles were owned by multiple rental car companies at various locations.

By mid-May, the government had 16 reports of underhood fires in 2021 Expedition and Navigator vehicles. Of those, 14 were rental vehicles and 12 of the fires had occurred while the vehicle was parked with the engine off. Consequently, Ford has advised owners that these vehicles should be parked outdoors and away from buildings.

In an email to Forbes, Hertz confirmed that it was working with the local authorities on their investigation but did not confirm that the Explorer in question had been scheduled for service under the recall.

 

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