White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders found herself on Thursday defending Donald Trump’s contradictory early-morning tweets regarding a House vote on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It did not go very well.
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted the following:
Unfortunately, it turns out that passing the FISA act—which enshrines one of the government’s most notorious privacy-demolishing spy programs into law—is actually something the administration likes. And so, several hours later, the president appended his initial statement with a diametrically opposed follow up:
FISA is bad because it personally hurt me! But actually it’s very good because “foreign bad guys!”
Naturally, the White House press corps had a few questions—for instance, “does Trump actually know what FISA is?”
According to Huckabee Sanders, however, everything is completely under control.
“We weren’t confused,” Huckabee Sanders said, when asked to explain the president’s obvious about-face. “Some of you guys were.”
“His tweet today was contradictory,” NBC Chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson said. “It was confusing. It just was.”
Noting that various surrogates for the Trump administration had been publicly urging the passage of the bill, Jackson asked Huckabee Sanders how the public could trust what anyone said Trump’s position was.
“Uh...” Huckabee Sanders replied, “I think that the premise of your question is completely ridiculous and shows the lack of knowledge that you have on this process.”
Because when all else fails, switch to insults and hope to god everyone just leaves you alone, right?