President Gets Marching Orders From “Fox & Friends”

Flips His Own Position On FISA After Watching, Then Flops Back

Trump and Friends

The Washington Post: “At 6:46 Thursday morning, Andrew Napolitano — a Fox News Channel personality and supporter of President Trump — opined about a critical government surveillance program on ‘Fox & Friends,’ the show that is part alarm clock, part unofficial briefing for the commander in chief.”

“‘I’m scratching my head,’ Napolitano said, referring to Thursday’s House vote to reauthorize a key part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. ‘I don’t understand why Donald Trump is in favor of this.'”

“And then, just 47 minutes later, Trump was no longer in favor of the bill that his own White House had been championing. In a tweet, the president quoted verbatim the Fox headline from Napolitano’s appearance and suggested that the FISA law had been used by the Obama administration to “so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign.”

“House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) spent 30 minutes on the phone with the president explaining the differences between domestic and foreign surveillance, as many fellow Republicans reacted in disbelief and befuddlement. White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly also directly intervened with Trump, reiterating the program’s importance before traveling to the Capitol, where he parried questions from confused lawmakers.”

“A presidential correction came 101 minutes after the initial tweet. The second missive — an explanation perhaps as much for Trump himself as for anybody else — stated that ‘today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land.'”

“‘We need it!’ Trump concluded in his second Twitter message. ‘Get smart!'”

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