Donald Trump’s Thursday tweet slamming the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program, then calling for it to be renewed, highlighted his chaotic White House. FISA is a program backed by the White House, but after watching a Fox & Friends’ segment, Trump lashed out at the program he backs.
“‘House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.’ This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?” he tweeted.
Because of the confusion, NBC’s Hallie Jackson asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for clarification and asked how people are supposed to trust Trump on his positions.
“I think that the premise of your question is completely ridiculous and shows the lack of knowledge that you have on this process,” Sanders said.
Jackson pressed Sanders on the matter but the White House press secretary shot back saying, “It wasn’t confusing to me, I’m sorry if it was for you.”
As it happens, Sanders is a liar because Trump’s flip-flop sent Republicans scrambling.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) spent 30 minutes on the phone with Trump after his initial tweet to explain the difference between domestic and foreign surveillance, “as many fellow Republicans reacted in disbelief and befuddlement,” the Washington Post reports.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was also forced to directly intervene to show Trump the importance of the program before traveling to the Capitol, where he then had to take questions from confused lawmakers.
That was when Trump sent out a second tweet, telling people to “get smart!'”
“With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land,” Trump wrote. “We need it! Get smart!”
That’s right, “get smart,” all of you unstable non-geniuses out there.
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