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Two observations on Sean Spicer’s press briefing today:
• There is an interesting circle in the logic: Flynn did nothing illegal. In fact, he was doing his job. Uh-huh. Yeah. The job he didn’t have. Which, sure, makes it illegal. But it was his job, so it’s not illegal. He just lied about it, or forgot, or didn’t realize, or something like that. But it wasn’t illegal. It was his job. Which he didn’t have. No, really, I’m pretty certain that’s the pitch.
• Convincing … er … ah … somebody? … anybody? … that President Trump makes his own decisions is really on the White House’s mind.
From the transcript:
• “That’s why the President decided to ask for his resignation, and he got it.”
• “And so at the end of the day, the President made a decision, as he does on all subjects, and asked for and received the national security advisor’s—but he is one of those people that we’ve noted before—when he is ready to make a decision, he makes it, whether it’s hiring somebody or asking for someone’s resignation. Once he has determined that he’s made a decision on any subject, that’s when he informs his staff.
“So going into the day, it was an evolving situation. He made a determination late in the day, and he executed on it.”
• “But at some point, the decision came down on whether or not that that trust had eroded. The important matters, as I mentioned, that are before the President when he’s dealing with issues of world matters, of all of the issues—friends and allies, foes, hot spots—he needs to rely on a national security advisor to give him sage advice. And I think at a certain point, that guidance, that trust, eroded. And the President, as he does on all matters, ultimately decides that when he’s ready to make a decision, he executes.”
• “Just like the way he handled this situation, the President will meet with individuals, and when he’s ready to make a decision and he feels as though the person is qualified and can properly advise him on the issue, he’ll make that decision. But that, as all decisions, rests with him.”
• “Thanks, John. I think one of the things—if you look at the intent of Dodd-Frank, it was to make sure that we didn’t have institutions that were too big to fail. And frankly, it has actually created institutions that are now too big to fail. Dodd-Frank actually did exactly the opposite of what it intended to do. And I think when you look at the regulation HJR 41 that the President is signing today, this is another example of the President taking decisive action to roll back regulations that are, frankly, creating more of a burden on our nation’s banks and businesses than helping them.”
• “In fact, what the President did was take decisive action to make sure that the White House Counsel thoroughly reviewed and vetted the situation. He took immediate, decisive action. And if you look at the timeline in terms of what he did and how that expanded, the White House Counsel’s first and foremost goal was to make sure that there was not a legal issue at hand. Once that was concluded, then it became a phase of determining whether or not the General’s action on this and a whole host of other issues undermined his trust in the President. But the President, from day one, from minute one, was unbelievably decisive in asking for and demanding that his White House Counsel and their team review the situation, first and foremost, to question whether it’s a legal issue.”
• “We also have got to be careful that we were not involving ourselves in a matter of national security. And the review, as I mentioned, was done and then immediately last night when the President felt as though it was time for a decision, made it.”
Image note: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks to the media during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., 14 February 2017. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Spicer, Sean. “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/14/2017, #12”. The White House Office of the Press Secretary. 14 February 2017.