The White House created an uproar Monday night with an official statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but it tried to tamp down the backlash later in the evening when it said the entire controversy was the result of a typo.
The issue began when the White House released a statement concerning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Monday presentation, which claimed that Iran had conducted and preserved more extensive research on nuclear weapons before it signed the so-called “Iran Deal” with the United States.
Citing the evidence Israel obtained, the White House said in a written statement, “Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people.”
As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted, that statement went far beyond the evidence Netanyahu presented, and it echoed President George W. Bush’s false claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq War. She noted that such a bold declaration of Iran’s nuclear capabilities would be very close to a declaration of war on Iran.
But later the evening, the White House changed the statement as it appears on the White House website, replacing the word “has” with “had,” reflecting the fact that Iran does not now appear to have a nuclear weapons program. The White House did not, however, send out an official correction to the journalists who receive the statements by email or formally acknowledge that a mistake had been made.
Maddow noted that a White House official called the mistake a “clerical error.”
“Boy howdy, is that one ‘robust’ clerical error!” Maddow said.
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— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 1, 2018
‘Deeply hurt’ Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweets out Bible verse about being persecuted
Former Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale is "deeply hurt" after being demoted Wednesday night by Jared Kushner, according to Politico.
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them," Parscale tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) July 16, 2020
GOP officials admit 2020 platform is basically whatever’s on Trump’s Twitter account
President Donald Trump has shaped the Republican Party into his own image in less than four years on the job, and that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon.
Nearly half of the House Republicans on the job when Trump took office in 2017 have either retired, resigned, been defeated or are retiring in 2020, and many of the GOP newcomers are devoted Trump loyalists, reported Politico.
“Whether the president wins or loses, his policy views and style have firmly taken over the Republican Party — nationalism and white grievance, those kinds of things,” said Matt Moore, former chairman of South Carolina's GOP. “I don’t think that Trumpy politics will be leaving the stage anytime soon.”
Coronavirus data disappears from CDC dashboard after Trump hijacks info
The Trump administration on Tuesday forced all hospitals and states to make a significant and immediate change in how they report coronavirus patient data, hijacking the information to be funneled into the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Experts warned the move could allow the administration to politicize the data, hide it, be less transparent, all of which interferes in the real-time usage of information to fight the coronavirus pandemic.