It’s becoming impossible to keep up with the insanity of this Administration. Just hours after Trump said we were “locked and loaded,” Pence’s Chief of Staff, Marc Short told a bald faced lie by claiming that the phrase was not a reference to military action. Say what?! That phrase is clear and unequivocal. It is an aggressive threat of military action. There is no other possible interpretation.
This is exactly why it was so important to call out Trump on his lie about the hurricane that was not headed for Alabama. Now, in a similar fashion, he’s trashing whatever shred of credibility he had left in the international arena – consequently, he is botching a response to an international incident that has us on the brink of war. It’s increasingly apparent to us here at home and to the entire world that he has absolutely no idea what he is doing.
A top White House official is downplaying the threat of imminent action against Iran after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” following a drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies.
Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short told reporters at the White House Monday that the president’s language is “a reflection” that his administration is advancing policies that protect the U.S. “from these sorts of oil shots.”
Short says: “I think that ‘locked and loaded’ is a broad term that talks about the realities that” the U.S. is “safer and more secure domestically from energy independence.”
And while we’re on the subject of Trump saying things and then claiming he never said them, he tweeted this today: "The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, “No Conditions.” That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)."
Yet here’s video of him saying exactly that:
And here’s a White House transcript from another press briefing where he said the same thing – emphatically.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: … I ended the Iran deal; it was a ridiculous deal. I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet, and I’m ready to meet any time they want to. And I don’t do that from strength or from weakness. I think it’s an appropriate thing to do. If we could work something out that’s meaningful, not the waste of paper that the other deal was, I would certainly be willing to meet.
Q Do you have preconditions for that meeting?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No preconditions. No. If they want to meet, I’ll meet. Anytime they want. Anytime they want. It’s good for the country, good for them, good for us, and good for the world. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet.