The Trump Chronicles, Volume 53: The President Didn't Mean What He Said

Last week I spoke of President Trump’s silly claim that his office in Trump Tower was wiretapped by former President Obama. You can read the original tweet here.

He was pretty clear that he “just learned” that Mr. Obama has his wires tapped. It’s been a little over a week and he has refused to tell us where he “just learned” it from.

Today Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump’s press secretary, said this: “I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”

Also today Kellyanne Conway took to the airwaves to also claim that Mr. Trump didn’t mean that Mr. Obama personally wiretapped his phones. She posited the theory that Mr. Obama used microwaves that turn into cameras. When pressed she acknowledged that she is not Inspector Gadget.

I have to confess that I have some sympathy for those who have to explain President Trump’s tweets. In the second decade of the 21st Century the greatest country on earth is led by a lunatic with a twitter account. Trying to make him sound sane and reasonable is a job I would never want. Sean and Kellyanne, you have my sympathies.

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