If the White House “had been a little more forthcoming right from the start, they might not have allowed this skepticism to build,” said Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” who is one of the few journalists on the widely watched conservative network who is willing to challenge the president on air.

“And look, to a certain degree, I think the president has himself to blame, because who has been more critical and less sort of just trusting on face of the intelligence agencies than Donald Trump over the last three years?” he continued. “So, you know, why shouldn’t we be skeptical, too?”

Wallace suggested, however, that the now-paused hostilities with Iran had “absolutely” been a “political win” for Trump if “it’s as far as it goes.”