Donald Trump Reportedly Signed Executive Order Without Knowing Exactly What It Did (UPDATE)
The New York Times reported Sunday that Donald Trump was angry at his staff after he signed an executive order without being fully briefed on what it actually did.
Among the more controversial orders signed by President Trump last week was one that gave White House advisor and form Breitbart chief Steve Bannon a seat on the National Security Council. The White House has vigorously pushed back on criticism of the order, pointing out that advisors in the Obama administration often informally sat in on NSC meetings.
But if the Times is to be believed, Trump didn’t even realize what it was he was signing. “Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council,” they report, “a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.”
UPDATE – 11:38 P.M. EST: Trump noticed the Times’ report, and he doesn’t approve of it.
The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
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