Trump’s own staff has no idea what Donald Trump is talking about

Justin Salhini

Justin Salhini Reporter, Think Progress

President Donald Trump’s baseless Twitter proclamation that his phones were tapped before the election by the Obama administration has drawn reaction from both sides of the aisle on Saturday, including from President Obama’s spokesman.

A number of Democrats responded to Trump on Twitter, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who repeated a call for an independent investigation into the administration’s ties to Russia.

Several other Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump’s tweet with notable reactions coming from Ben Rhodes, a former adviser to Obama, former Vermont Gov. and DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). Rhodes pointed out that a president cannot order a wiretap, while Dean and Lieu suggested Trump’s accusations mean a federal judge found probable cause to monitor the Trump campaign’s communications.

The sentiment was also expressed by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

On the Republican side, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said he was “very worried” about Trump’s claim.

On the Republican side, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said he was “very worried” about Trump’s claim.

“I’m very worried that our president is suggesting the former president has done something illegal,” Graham said at a town hall in Clemson, S.C., according to the Hill.

“I’d be very worried if in fact the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity with foreign governments. It’s my job as United States senator to get to the bottom of this.”

Former and current intelligence officials also spoke to the press about Trump’s proclamations, and were uniformly dumbfounded by the accusation. One former official told CNN Trump’s claims were outright false.

Current officials say Trump didn’t consult staff before tweeting this morning, and have no clue what the President of the United States is talking about.

Meanwhile, Trump is golfing.

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Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

India’s self-styled “King of the Good Times,” the Kingfisher beer and airline baron Vijay Mallya, seems to be in store for lots of not-so-good times. This past September, a local court ordered the sale of the super yacht Mallya had abandoned in Malta — complete with 40 crewmembers — after his arrest in London on fraud and money-laundering charges. Earlier this month, another court ruling awarded the abandoned crew almost $1 million in back pay. Mallya is now fighting extradition to India. The cells in India’s Mumbai Central Prison, he’s complained to British authorities, lack natural light. The 62-year-old is also tweeting regularly that he’s not getting “fair treatment” from politicians and the media. Mallya’s yacht, meanwhile, has begun a new life as a charter boat renting for $850,000 per week.

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