Fox News host Sean Hannity has had a slip of the tongue, and the internet has taken notice.
While discussing the federal indictments brought against three individuals connected to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — which Hannity brushed aside — the popular conservative pundit mistakenly referred to Mr Trump’s 2016 election opponent, Hillary Clinton, as the current president.
“What did President Clinton — or, President-Clinton-wannabe — President Obama, and key members of the administration, what did they know about the Uranium One scandal?” Hannity said, pivoting away from the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia.
Hannity’s slip of the tongue was notable because it came just days after Hillary Clinton criticized Fox for its continued coverage of her even though she lost the 2016 election.
“It does strike me that, in the last few days at least, Fox News seems to think that’s where I live, in the White House,” Ms Clinton said at a dinner for the Human Rights campaign in Washington. “Because they spend a disproportionate amount of their time talking about impeaching me.”
Hannity’s slip of the tongue got a fair amount of attention on Twitter, where people mocked him for the mistake.
In referencing Uranium One, Hannity was bringing up a right-wing talking point, that alleges a connection between Hillary Clinton and Russia because the State Department approved the sale of a uranium company (Uranium One) to a Russian company during her tenure there.
Uranium One is a 12-year-old company based in Toronto, and is a subsidiary of Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear technology corporation. The sale of the company needed federal approval because it makes up 20 per cent of America’s uranium production capacity. That said, the vast majority of the 55 million pounds of uranium used in America’s nuclear reactors is imported, meaning that Uranium One’s production is relatively negligible.
A nine-member interagency group, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, considered the sale, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the approval. Members of the committee have been quoted in media reports that Ms Clinton was not involved in the decision.