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

If a billionaire “invites” you somewhere, you’d better go. Or be prepared to suffer the consequences. This past May, hedge fund kingpin Carl Icahn announced in a letter to his New York-based staff of about 50 that he would be moving his business operations to Florida. But the 83-year-old Icahn assured his staffers they had no reason to worry: “My employees have always been very important to the company, so I’d like to invite you all to join me in Miami.” Those who go south, his letter added, would get a $50,000 relocation benefit “once you have established your permanent residence in Florida.” Those who stay put, the letter continued, can file for state unemployment benefits, a $450 weekly maximum that “you can receive for a total of 26 weeks.” What about severance from Icahn Enterprises? The New York Post reported last week that the two dozen employees who have chosen not to uproot their families and follow Icahn to Florida “will be let go without any severance” when the billionaire shutters his New York offices this coming March. Bloomberg currently puts Carl Icahn’s net worth at $20.5 billion.

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