Laws are complicated; who knew?
When those laws involve the labyrinthine codes and amendments surrounding government surveillance they’re even more confusing. Throw in a couple of Trump’s contradictory tweets and a dysfunctional White House, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a Sarah Sanders Squishy face. This is a phenomenon a friend of mine observed to occur when the press secretary is ”about to lose it.”
The bill causing all the commotion allows the Federal Government to conduct foreign surveillance on US soil. Sarah Sanders released a statement Wednesday that the White House was in favor of reauthorizing the bill in its fullest strength with no amendments or limits. “The Administration strongly opposes the “USA Rights” amendment to the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act.” Pompeo and other Trump surrogates pushed this position.
Eleven hours after Sanders’ statement, while in his rocking chair watching Fox News, Trump tweeted the bill was used to “badly surveil and abuse the Trump campaign.” Reports circulated that Trump had met with Libertarian Rand Paul and wanted to support limits on the Bill. Then just a few hours later, Trump tweeted “today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!”
Is Trump being kept out of the loop, given a reduced schedule and no involvement in policy? Was he confused? Was he parroting Fox News? Was he influenced by the last person he talked to? It boggles the mind.
It’s no wonder that a reporter asked Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to clarify whether “the people” can trust that Trump’s surrogates actually speak for Trump. Sanders replied, “The premise of your question is completely ridiculous and shows how little knowledge you have.” The reporter didn’t give up asking questions about the contradictions and made Sarah Sanders Squishy face level mad.
Submitted by Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca
For more on this story read, "‘The premise of your question is completely ridiculous’: Things got testy in the White House briefing room." written by Callum Borchers and published by The Washington Post on January11, 2018.