During Tuesday’s Meeting Trump was asked an elementary question by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) regarding the possibility of agreeing to save former-President Barrack Obama’s endangered Delayed Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The senator asked Trump if he’d consider passing a clean DACA bill, which would ensure the legal security of thousands of children brought into the U.S. illegally while excluding any requirements to address border security.
“Yeah, I would like to do it,” Trump said when asked if he would support such a bill.
Apparently taken aback by Trump’s sudden u-turn, his Republican colleague was quick to jump in to clarify his clueless leader’s erroneous statement.
“Mr. President, you need to be clear, though,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reportedly interjected. “I think what Senator Feinstein is asking here—when we talk about just DACA, we don’t want to be back here two years later. You have to have security.”
As MSNBC’s Chuck Todd noted, “McCarthy was basically trying to protect the president from a conservative mutiny. What later became clear is that the president didn’t have any idea of what he was agreeing to because he didn’t understand what a clean bill meant. He later told us what we thought a clean DACA bill meant.”
After McCarthy’s save, Trump, stuck his foot in his mouth even more in-depth by freely admitting his political ignorance regarding the definition of “clean,” stating:
“To me, a clean bill is a bill of DACA, we take care of them and we also take care of security.”
Todd further explained, “For what it’s worth that’s not clean. Clean is just DACA. It is a little Washington speak.”
However, The Washington Post reports, that in the White House’s official transcript of the meeting, they conveniently excluded Trump’s implicit agreement stating that he also wanted to pass a clean DACA bill. When asked about the omission, the administration offered the tried and true Steve Urkle defense of “Did I do thaaaat?” and called the dishonest alteration “unintentional.”
Just that thing where the White House manages to omit inconvenient statements from the president from the official record pic.twitter.com/Xaad9itsNI
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) January 10, 2018
When we asked about the key quote gone missing, a White House official told us any omission was unintentional
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 10, 2018
Apparently, this isn’t the first time Trump’s White House has pulled this stunt, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
When Trump talked “comprehensive immigration” plan on AF1 to France last July, at Miller’s urging, press shop left it out of transcript. https://t.co/3qo9a7PqzG
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 10, 2018
The White House continues it’s futile efforts to bail out their boss’s sinking presidency while Trump continues his main job of recklessly blasting new holes in the ship’s hull. It’s only a matter of time before more rats decide to jump overboard where Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be waiting on shore with blankets, some hot cocoa, and a tape recorder.
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