One of the most consistent themes in Michael Wolff’s bombshell book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was the resounding opinion of all those close to the President that he is entirely inept.
Questions swirled after the release of the book about the President’s mental health and fitness for office. In a tweet aimed at answering those questions, the President called himself a “stable genius.” On Tuesday, he invited the press into a seemingly pointless immigration summit that included members of Congress from both sides of the aisle.
The purpose of the press invitation into the 55-minute long meeting seemed to be to prove that he is, indeed, a stable genius and able to close a deal on one of the most contentious issues in American politics, immigration, specifically DACA.
While the President was able to scrape through the show without looking like he was clinically insane, he caused himself some other issues, issues that the White House later tried to clean up by altering the meeting’s transcript.
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) asked the President if he would support “a clean DACA bill.” That is Washington speak for a DACA bill with no strings attached, a bill that specifically and only addresses relief for “dreamers.”
The President’s response? “Yeah, I would like to do it,” he said. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) quickly tried to direct and correct Trump’s obvious blunder. No self-respecting Republican would ever agree to a clean DACA bill, such a thing would cause outrage among the base.
McCarthy reminded the President, but the wall… THE WALL! Trump eventually managed to get the correct answer out, he wants a deal on DACA that includes “border security” (aka the wall). The meeting and the President’s apparent cooperation with Democrats and departure from his definitive hardline stance enraged many supporters like Fox’s Tucker Carlson and Ann Coulter.
A funny thing happened after the meeting. The White House official transcript of the event had no trace of the President’s complicit line. Nowhere in the transcript does Trump’s response “yeah I would like to do it, ” appear.
The White House official line is that any inconsistency in the transcript was entirely unintentional and that the context of the conversation is clear even in the altered transcript. Let’s be clear what happened here, the White House doctored an official transcript of an immigration meeting, one that was filmed by countless media outlets and could easily be verified, in order to cover for the President.
See the actual exchange below:
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