Paul Ryan had to explain the difference between domestic and foreign surveillance to Trump
After President Donald Trump sent a tweet criticizing a critical national security program that allows the US to monitor foreign agents, House Speaker Paul Ryan had to spend half an hour explaining the difference between domestic and foreign surveillance to Trump.
The tweet was also at odds with a statement the White House press secretary sent out the night before, which said the administration strongly supported reauthorizing the program.
After Ryan and chief of staff John Kelly spoke to Trump, he sent out a second tweet amending his position.
President Donald Trump’s decision this week to blast out an early-morning tweet slamming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) sent lawmakers scrambling on Capitol Hill.
“‘House votes on controversial FISA ACT today,'” Trump tweeted, referring to a chyron earlier Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” the Fox News morning show he often watches and praises for its coverage of him.
“This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?” he continued.
Trump’s tweet appeared to contradict a statement the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, released on Wednesday night signaling the administration’s strong support for FISA — and specifically its Section 702, which allows the US government to track and collect the communications of foreigners overseas without a warrant.
Following the tweet, House Speaker Paul Ryan spent half an hour explaining the difference between foreign and domestic surveillance to Trump over the phone, The Washington Post reported. As Ryan spoke to Trump, Republicans who sat in on the call reacted with “disbelief and befuddlement,” per the report.
The tweet also prompted chief of staff John Kelly to intervene and explain the importance of Section 702 and …read more
Source:: Business Insider