The White House has issued one of the strangest “clarifications” in modern political history.
It was that Donald J. Trump didn’t mean “wiretap” when he referred to it in a series of tweets regarding an allegation he leveled at President Barack Obama.
He had said that Obama had ordered a “wiretap” of his Trump Tower offices during the 2016 presidential campaign. Yes, he used a very close variation of that word.
But, but, but …
The White House said today he didn’t actually mean “wiretap.”.
Do you follow me? I didn’t think so. I cannot follow it, either.
Here’s one of Trump’s tweets: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
OK, so he didn’t use the word “wiretap” in this tweet. “Tapp my phones,” though, means the same thing. Doesn’t it? I thought so.
Oh, but no-o-o-o. The president didn’t mean it, according to the White House press office.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department has asked for a bit more time to provide proof — presuming that some might exist — that backs up the president’s scurrilous accusation that former President Obama broke the law.