White House fails to explain Trump's 'calm before the storm' comment

Randolph Lopez
October 10, 2017

"I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis and chief of staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos", Corker said, referring to Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

"We see a problem with any stories that are inaccurate or untruthful being presented to the American people as facts", she said.

"I would certainly trust the president and my comments far above those of other reporters", Sanders said at Friday's press briefing.

A reporter asked Sanders if Trump saw a distinction between actual fake news, which is being explored tangentially by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its Russian Federation probe, and what he calls "fake news", or stories he dislikes. It was triggered by the previous day's reports of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's frustrations and the Senate Intelligence Committee's continuing search for evidence of collusion with Russian election meddling. Mayor Cruz has been a very vocal opponent of Trump ever since the federal government started recovery operations in Puerto Rico - so it is surprising that, when face-to-face with the President, she had no comments, requests or advice to impart. "We have a lot of bad actors in the world, North Korea, Iran, several examples there". "If he feels that action is necessary, he'll take it".

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I'm wondering if there's any concern in the White House that the president's frequent use of the term "fake news" to describe mainstream outlets muddies the water a little bit and makes it harder for citizens to identify the actual fake news that the intelligence agencies have said countries like Russian Federation used to interfere in the last election.

Reporters also peppered Sanders with questions about a nebulous comment Trump made about "the calm before the storm" during a Thursday photo-op with military families.

Still, news outlets have run stories since then claiming that Trump and Tillerson have clashed over staff and policy on Iran and North Korea and that their relationship has been damaged beyond fix.

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