Monday, March 6, 2017

Trumpian Misdirection

White House aides struggle to defend Trump wiretap claims
(Washington Post)
     The White House on Monday attempted to defend President Trump’s unfounded claim that former president Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower near the end of the presidential campaign, sending out several administration officials — both on and off camera — to reiterate the assertion without providing supporting evidence.
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     Trump has since provided no proof to back up his assertion, which has been rebuffed by Obama, FBI Director James B. Comey and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. On Monday, senior administration officials contorted themselves trying to defend the president’s claims, which seemed to emanate largely in response to a rant on conservative talk radio and in an article on Breitbart News, the conservative website that Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, formerly led.
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     In perhaps the clearest sign of the uncomfortable situation the president’s tweets created for his aides, the normally media-hungry White House went largely dark Monday. Although several top officials did defend Trump in TV interviews, Spicer did not allow cameras into the briefing room for his news conference Monday, and Trump signed an executive order for his revamped travel ban in private.
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     Like Spicer, Huckabee Sanders claimed Trump’s accusations are supported by news media reports, even though a list of such articles provided by the White House contained no such evidence. She also attempted to recast the president’s words with a softer tone....

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, the New York Times and Washington Post published wiretapping articles in December.

Anonymous said...

It's the usual Trumpian tossing of a shiny object to distract the fools from the real scandals of his foul administration, not the least of which is the Russian connections.

Anonymous said...

Hillary and Obama are the ones with all the Russian connections, BTW.

Anonymous said...

I think that 10:41 is just adorable. Want to pinch his little cheek.

Anonymous said...

9:53 is incorrect, they were published in January. In light of testimony given to Congress this week, looks like Trump was correct.

Anonymous said...

Now that the Democrats and liberals in general have been proven wrong, one would think a retraction or removal of these inaccurate blog threads would be in proper, academic and journalistic order. Don't hold your breath!

Roy Bauer said...

12:36, Trump's "wiretap" claim has been shown to be groundless. Trump and Co. are slow-burning on the flames of a "treason" scandal. In his first two months, Trump has fully revealed himself to be a liar and an incompetent and, quite possibly, a scoundrel.
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