Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) laughed off President Donald Trump’s claims that he’s too busy to watch television.
Trump tweeted out Wednesday morning that the White House was “functioning perfectly” despite the numerous scandals engulfing his administration, and apparently reacted to a TV report about his viewing habits by insisting he had “very little time” to watch.
Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was not persuaded by the president’s tweet.
“There is no evidence, I think, that this White House is functioning normally,” Schiff told MSNBC. “All the evidence is quite to the contrary, in terms of the tremendous dysfunction in the administration. That is largely the president’s own making. In the national security and foreign policy area that I do so much work in, you constantly have conflicting signals sent out about what the policy of the United States is.”
He pointed to conflicting statements on whether Trump discussed sanctions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying there were numerous similar examples, but Schiff was amused by the president’s angry denials about his TV habits.
“It seems like he doesn’t have time for anything else, given the constant attacks he’s making against people who are TV hosts, some of the most pernicious attacks,” Schiff said. “So (it’s) really hard to take these most recent tweets and statements very seriously.”