WH Officials Reportedly Saying Trump Misspoke When He Said He Wouldn’t Support ‘Moderate’ Immigration Bill


This morning during his marathon Fox & Friends interview, President Trump indicated he would not support the more “moderate” immigration bill in the House.

This set off a teensy bit of confusion today, but the White House is reportedly scrambling to clarify that Trump actually misspoke.

Per the AP:

President Donald Trump was confused when he said he wouldn’t support a “moderate” immigration bill that aligns with his administration’s own stated goals.

That’s according to a senior White House official speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s thinking…

The official said the president believed the interviewer, Steve Doocy, was referring to a separate push by Republican moderates to force a floor vote on a number of immigration bills — not the comprise bill negotiated by the party’s conservative and moderate wings, with the White House’s input.

One White House official reportedly emailed The Hill, “Yes, we fully support both the Goodlatte bill and the Leadership bill. The President misunderstood the question this morning on Fox News. He was commenting on the discharge petition/dreamers bill — not the new package. He would 100 percent sign either Goodlatte or the other bill.”

CNN also has a White House official issuing a clarification too:

And Bloomberg reports the White House “told lawmakers he misspoke.”

Perhaps The Washington Post‘s Josh Dawsey put it best:

You can watch the relevant clip from the President’s Fox News interview above.

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