After Contradicting Own WH on FISA Act, Trump Reverses: ‘We Need It! Get Smart!’


President Donald Trump appears to have accidentally opposed the official White House position in support of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act after he followed the lead of a Fox & Friends segment that was critical of the law.

Trump sent out this tweet Thursday morning:

However, not even two hours later after his knee-jerk comment — which seems to have been triggered by an appeal on Fox & Friends by Judge Andrew Napolitano to reject the FISA Act — Trump posted a follow-up tweet after presumably being informed by his staff of the administration’s stance in support of the law:

As for the official White House line on the issue, the administration’s press office released the following statement contradicting Trump’s original tweet this morning, “The Administration strongly opposes the ‘USA Rights’ amendment to the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act… The Administration urges the House to reject this amendment.”

Astoundingly, per NBC News, this awkward real-time pivot by Trump via his Twitter account has caused House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to request that Speaker Paul Ryan cancel the FISA vote today due to the president’s clear misunderstanding of the situation.

Pelosi wasn’t the only one to notice Trump’s incredible back-and-forth, as many on Twitter took to mocking him and calling out the president’s clear misunderstanding of the law, his own administration’s position on it, and the general lack of clarity coming from the White House:

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