Patterico's Pontifications

1/10/2018

White House Doctors Transcript to Remove Embarrassing Trump Response to Feinstein

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:30 pm

Ann Coulter called it “the lowest day of the Trump presidency.” Most people who care about immigration and have not been living under a rock heard this exchange between President Trump and Senator Dianne Feinstein yesterday:

From the official White House transcript:

SENATOR FEINSTEIN: I think there needs to be a willingness on both sides. And I think — and I don’t know how you would feel about this, but I’d like to ask the question: What about a clean DACA bill now, with a commitment that we go into a comprehensive immigration reform procedure? Like we did back — oh, I remember when Kennedy was here and it was really a major, major effort, and it was a great disappointment that it went nowhere.

THE PRESIDENT: I remember that. I have no problem. I think that’s basically what Dick is saying. We’re going to come up with DACA. We’re going to do DACA, and then we can start immediately on the phase two, which would be comprehensive.

SENATOR FEINSTEIN: Would you be agreeable to that?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I would like — I would like to do that. Go ahead. I think a lot of people would like to see that, but I think we have to do DACA first.

The bold language was especially troubling, because Trump was agreeing to a clean DACA bill.

Funny thing about that: the bolded language didn’t make its way into the initial version of the White House transcript:

The White House sent out a correction Wednesday to a transcript of President Donald Trump’s meeting with members of Congress in which he explicitly agreed to a Democratic proposal to fix Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA) before tackling immigration reform.

. . . .

In the corrected version, which the White House sent out Wednesday morning—nearly 24 hours after the meeting took place—Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Trump about the possibility of passing a legislative solution for DACA before turning to immigration reform, which would include issues like tougher border security.

Trump responded, “I would like — I would like to do that. Go ahead. I think a lot of people would like to see that, but I think we have to do DACA first. “

In the initial version, which the White House released on Tuesday, that comment from Trump was omitted. Instead, the quote read, “I think a lot of people would like to see that, but I think we have to do DACA first.”

The White House story: it’s all on the stenographer. I suppose that’s possible. It’s just odd, the way that the most damning part of the quote was initially whisked away.

Hey: at least they didn’t doctor the actual video. That’s the way Obama’s shop used to do it.

None of this ever happened, gentlemen!

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

89 Responses to “White House Doctors Transcript to Remove Embarrassing Trump Response to Feinstein”

  1. He’s nuts.

    nk (dbc370)

  2. Is this the meeting in which he demonstrates what a stable genius he is?

    nk (dbc370)

  3. Hey: at least they didn’t doctor the actual video. That’s the way Obama’s shop used to do it.

    Trump is like a combination of Barack Obama without the humility, Bill Clinton without the moral compass and Maxine Waters without the brains.

    Dave (445e97)

  4. LOL.

    Rasmussen: Oprah 48, Trump 38

    Dave (445e97)

  5. That Rasmussen poll basically says: “Only 14% of American voters have not lost their minds”

    More good stuff, courtesy of HotAir:

    Robert Mueller is now more popular among Republicans than Steve Bannon.

    Dave (445e97)

  6. Here I thought Trump was renowned for reneging on deals.

    Pinandpuller (bddcf7)

  7. confused

    your last post was all butthurt cause some filth-judge refused to let President Trump repeal DACA

    all i know is if a dirty pervert like Mitt Romney were president we’d have DACA all up in it do good forever and ever

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  8. looks like cowardpig war hero John McCain was working for the Clinton campaign

    The founders of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted that they helped the researcher hired to compile the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump to share the document with Sen. John McCain.

    The goal of providing the dossier to McCain, the Fusion GPS founders explained, was to pass the information contained in the questionable document to the U.S. intelligence community under the Obama administration.

    The disclosure raises questions about whether McCain knew that the information he delivered to the intelligence community was actually an opposition document reportedly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

    Fusion GPS Admits They Used John McCain to Pass Anti-Trump Dossier to Obama-Era Intel Agencies

    hell of a legacy you got there cowardpig

    oink oink

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  9. oops all up in it *so* good forever and ever

    (i made a typo)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  10. I agree happyfeet McCtraitor and mittens are two of the worst people in the world, but Trump is getting close, he just won’t SHUT UP.

    mg (8cbc69)

  11. President Trump will make the immigrations more better than it was under food stamp

    more better than it woulda been under stinkypig or perverted Mitt Romney

    and that’s a win for America

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  12. ugh look at this sleazy ex-Navy SEAL p.o.s.

    when will R’s learn not to elect these hyper-entitled military losers

    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledged he was “unfaithful” in his marriage but denied allegations that he blackmailed the woman with whom he had the affair.

    The Republican governor and his wife released a statement Wed night. It came after St. Louis television station KMOV-TV reported that Greitens had a sexual relationship with his former hair stylist in 2015.

    The governor made no mention of any plans to resign.

    The station reported that the woman’s ex-husband said Greitens photographed her nude and threatened to publicize the images if she spoke about the affair.

    ugh it’s not like there’s not plenty of normal decent people in Missouri who could do the job

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  13. @4. Think of her less of an Oprah and more of a Winfrey- a Dubya of a different color.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  14. Dead baby in a bag, sexual assault of nine girls in Oprah’s orphanage in Africa. Victims were paid off out of court. Run Oprah Run. Pretty please.

    mg (8cbc69)

  15. I’m sure everyone has seen the photo where Oprah is pimping that white chick to Harvey baby. Bring it on you foolish dope.

    mg (8cbc69)

  16. i’d bet you all my star wars that dirty weight watcher lesbian oprah winfrey will defer to pocahontas

    what people are overlooking though is how the vapid hoo very might possibly could accept the veep slot

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  17. Hey you guys. You can’t insult POWs and disabled vets or push grandma off the cliff in a wheel chair. Even a low life like John McCain who has betrayed every constituency he’s ever had at one time or another and sometimes all of them at once.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  18. It shows bad character to correctly label a guy who was forced into the military by family tradition. Or something.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  19. all i know is if a dirty pervert like Mitt Romney were president we’d have DACA all up in it

    In 2012, Donald Trump said Romney lost because he was too “mean-spirited” to illegal immigrants, and praised the Democrats for being “kind” to them:

    “The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it,” Trump says. “They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.”

    Dave (445e97)

  20. 12, anything is better than another Blunt. At least it was with a chick.

    urbanleftbehind (324d7e)

  21. That’s the way. Talk about everything except how Trump almost gave away the store to Feinstein if Kevin McCarthy hadn’t stopped him.

    We jammin’
    I hope you like jammin’ too
    We jammin’
    Jammin’ in the name of the Trump

    nk (dbc370)

  22. there’s not a single piece of congresstrash – not even sleazy scumsuck dianne feinstein – what left that meeting thinking there was gonna be daca first enforcement later

    this is fake news

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  23. Seal gonna be in somebody’s Coon of the Week awards:

    urbanleftbehind (324d7e)

  24. i like Mr. Seal he’s a gentleman (not like the navy kind what bang their hairstylist and then do blackmail all up in it)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  25. Blood pressure, happy feet, blood pressure…

    Steady there

    EPWJ (4dc563)

  26. what left that meeting

    Thanks to Kevin McCarthy, not the stable genius.

    Gah! He should stick to Twitter. In person, he does come across as the pensioner who uses his life savings to help a Nigerian prince bring the family fortune to the United States.

    nk (dbc370)

  27. if you watch the clip Mr. nk it’s not even remotely alarming, and there was *never* even a teensy possibility they were gonna leave that meeting resolved on a “clean” DACA bill

    this is CNN Jake Tapper propaganda slut fake news all up in America!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  28. That was very good, Dave. You have the unchallenged lead as chief anti Trump Sonderkommando by only needing to go back six years to prove a Trump lie rather than the usual thirty. Congratulations comrade. You have earned two fingers of beet juice and peoples position #16 in the toilet paper line for one week. Nastrovia!

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  29. I did watch the tape. That is why I am being so negative about Mr. President. He does not inspire confidence.

    The Democrats are winning. They won two Senate seats in Virginia and Alabama. They’ll take DREAM/DACA back to their constituencies and galvanize them for the mid-terms while the Republican voters are saying: “Vote? What for?”. And they’ll be right.

    But we got Gorsuch. And Trump’s rich jerkoff friends got their tax cut. Yay! Both of which will be nullified by the next round of Supreme Court appointments and new “tax reform” by a Democrat Congress and a Democrat President. Yay!

    nk (dbc370)

  30. Yes nk they won the virigina senate race with the blood price of heather hewer, and throwing judge Moore to the wolves, they can’t figure out who put them in power, not the money

    narciso (d1f714)

  31. He does not inspire confidence.

    i’m personally very confident in President Trump he’s a great leader

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  32. General Kelly nor his protege Nielsen seem to have gotten the memo

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/ex-dea-agent-says-obama-admin-lost-gold-opportunity-crush-hezbollah

    narciso (d1f714)

  33. Why? Is the last thread flooded or something?

    nk (dbc370)

  34. Too soon to bad mouth Ted Kennedy?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  35. Why? He’s open game on Chappaquidick alone.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  36. The senate threw both matches, so they have an excuse to do nothing, as they did after 2010, I don’t care about mccain, but the truth is supposed to matter

    narciso (d1f714)

  37. 33, great now the nazgulls are gonna be looking for any signs of hanky between those 2.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  38. President Trump crushes Hezbollah all the time that’s why he’s rated #1

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  39. I know the laws regarding involuntary commitment very by state but could we federalise the Law just for the 35cents?

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (a70717)

  40. No i don’t think so, but that isn’t his key priority, looking back priebus was as useful as that fur lined cup and saucer of the dads
    movement. But has likely who could be confirmed, kobach would have provoked mange.

    narciso (d1f714)

  41. Truly we are low on original descriptions of our very own Trumpenfuhrer.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (a70717)


  42. Left-wing billionaire George Soros and his son, Alex Soros, have now put a quarter of a million dollars behind their preferred Democratic candidate for governor of Florida.


    Has the democrat party yielded completely to Nazi’s and communists? Are there no real Democrats left or did the party die with JFK?

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  43. Dada movement, narciso…had me looking if there was some linkage to the furtive “Promise Keepers” and the football coach and team whose daughter was quite the physical therapist for.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  44. We got a couple DINOS like Dan Lipinski and Peter Viclosky up here in the I-80 snow belt.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  45. Trump in 2016 narrowly won younger whites. But he now faces crushing disapproval ratings ranging from 62 percent to 76 percent among three big groups of white Millennials: women with and without a college degree, and men with a degree. Even among white Millennial men without a degree, his most natural supporters, Trump only scores a 49-49 split.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-voters-abandoning-donald-trump/550247/

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (a70717)

  46. Inmate Hoagie!!

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (a70717)

  47. Automistake is absurdist enough,

    narciso (d1f714)

  48. The truly cynical may argue that this is an easy way for the president* to appear to want a deal but perennially come up short, after which he can blame the Democrats. However, as Jonathan Chait argues, the president* really does seem to want to make some kind of deal, but he hasn’t the faintest idea how to do it, so he’s at the mercy of people like Miller, who at least are certain in their basic xenophobia.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15054114/trump-stephen-miller/

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (a70717)

  49. Per a source close to Republican leaders: “I have decided that the only way to stay sane in Trump’s Washington is to ignore everything he says.“
    https://www.axios.com/trumps-fisa-tweet-catches-republicans-by-surprise-1515678135-d5b5ffbb-ac38-4024-85f3-0dcca526fccf.html

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (a70717)

  50. 51 – ipso facto, you’re insane.

    Lenny (5ea732)

  51. With DACA/DREAM the kids do not even need to be born here. Just sneak them over the border when they’re underage and Trump will “defer action” and put them on the pathway to a green card, citizenship, and family unity.

    nk (dbc370)

  52. Weren’t cracked ribs enough?

    //www.cnn.com/2018/01/10/politics/rand-paul-fisa-filibuster/

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (a70717)

  53. Its a magnet to draw them here, the further point it seems another thing that cannot be undone by judge or executive order.

    narciso (d1f714)

  54. It hasn’t sunk in yet. It might not sink in as a result of this. But:

    This televised meeting points out the most spectacular irony of the Trump Regime in my humble opinion: Trump won the GOP nomination almost entirely on the basis of support from voters (some of whom have never been GOP voters) who believe that the RINOs and GOPe and cucks on Capitol Hill are worthless, spineless, confused do-nothings who are entirely unreliable.

    But Trump’s weather-vane vacillations and equivocations and contradictions on every matter of substance shown in that meeting — on immigration, Trump’s signature issue, on which he supposed is most involved, most continuously and deeply — prove beyond any doubt that he is entirely unreliable for any purposes of negotiating with the Democrats.

    The GOP must get 60 Senate votes to pass anything, but with the midterms approaching and so very many more Dems up in purplish or even pink states (including some Trump carried), that is not an impossible task — and indeed looks quite doable compared to goals like entitlement reform or even a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill.

    But Trump has to play the “bad cop” in that negotiation. All that requires is for him to shut up, but actually, he could and should be speaking out. And for there to be any chance of success in peeling off the necessary Dem senators, the POTUS must either be (a) exactly in sync with the GOP leadership on the Hill (which, in turn, needs to be in sync between House and Senate, no small task itself given the herd of cats in the Senate), or (b) taking a more extreme position than the GOP leadership on the Hill.

    The latter would fit Trump’s style and personality far better. It would be far more effective for the GOP leadership on the Hill to be able to tell the vulnerable Dem senators: “No, we can’t do it your way on this point, because Trump has said that he can and will veto this bill if it doesn’t include _____.” When there finally is some compromise, some give and some get (because these Dems have to be given a way to save face among their partisans too), the GOP leadership can say, “Well, we don’t know, we’ll have to take it to the WH, but at least we’ll recommend this.”

    I don’t know if I can sell you this fine luxury automobile with the included undercoating and heated seats at this price, I might get fired, but I’ll tell you what: I’m going to ask my manager, be right back.

    Instead, you’ve got the guy who’s supposed to be the bad cop, the hardliner, the voice of all those millions of people who had no confidence in Congress but every confidence in the steadfast principle of Donald J. Trump, telling the Dems that he has great respect for all the people in this room and he’ll sign whatever they send him — clean DACA fix, maybe even comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, because a lot of people want that.

    Can you imagine the smirks on the Dems’ faces in their caucus when they contemplate the next-day walk-back? “Oh, the POTUS really meant that we have to have funding for the Wall, an end to the lottery, and an end to chain immigration.” Does anyone think that the Dems — having heard to the exact opposite two days ago from Trump’s own mouth in an extraordinary session that he’d arranged to have televised worldwide! — really believe that walk-back?

    If you voted for Donald J. Trump and you’re hoping for conservative legislation on immigration, you are now reliant entirely on the negotiating skills and principles, whatever they may be, of Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and their respective teams.

    You’ve already been sold out — not by the “cucks,” but by the Donald.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  55. As long they dot the t’s and cross the I’s as it was the Mueller appointment, that it wee based in a total fraud that has wasted
    everybody time for a year is immaterial. And were in this mess in the first place because this distinguished body is still leaving things off to the very last possible hour.

    narciso (d1f714)

  56. Exactly. And there won’t be a wall, that’s for sure.

    DRJ (15874d)

  57. My last comment was agreeing with Beldar.

    DRJ (15874d)

  58. We’ll consider that with all the other assurances made for last two years.

    narciso (d1f714)

  59. Yup. Agreeing with Beldar and DRJ.

    nk (dbc370)

  60. #44, Hoagie, yes, the Democratic Party died when LBJ orchestrated the murder of President John F Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

    Immediately following the assassination, LBJ plunged the US into long bitter years of war in Vietnam which ripped us apart destroying our national unity and fracturing the nation into fiercely unyielding interest groups.

    Many, if not most, of our nation’s subsequent upheavals can trace their origins directly to the assassination, the war and its aftermath, and to LBJ’s criminal misuse of federal agencies to cover-up his multitude of crimes, and to crush opposition to his policies.

    The resulting pressure was too great, the American melting pot boiled over, and we haven’t found a way yet to put aside our weapons and our grievances and sit down around the national table in agreement since.

    ropelight (e4a4c9)

  61. Bravo, Ropelight.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  62. I thought it was Ted Cruz’s father who assassinated JFK. Keep your story straight, water-carrier.

    Leviticus (efada1)

  63. From an episode of King of the Hill:

    Hank Hill: Thats from when we had a Texan in the White House, not that Herbert Walker such and s..

    Houseguest from Propane company/Boston: Ee killed aah JFK!

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  64. They are not that clever, but there is something with the parallel between Kennedy and stolypin

    http://streetwiseprofessor.com/?p=10781

    narciso (d1f714)

  65. That was just a piece of misdirection turned up by Paul singer, that floated up in the inquiry, they had Robert blakey commenting on it for cereal, not just roger stone.

    narciso (d1f714)

  66. Everybody knows Bobby killed Jack because he wanted Jackie. But Jackie didn’t want him and she avenged Jack by marrying Ari who got Sirhan to kill Bobby.

    nk (dbc370)

  67. I thought it was Ted Cruz’s father who assassinated JFK.

    he’s never apologized either

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  68. Part of that theory here:
    http://dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1111444/I-know-Bobby-Kennedys-murder-actor-friend-Robert-Vaughn.html

    The reality is who chose the ambassador hotel, and such a circuitous path through the kitchen, Gary byrne points out (I know media matters is reliable all of a sudden,) that was a real failure of security protocols

    narciso (d1f714)

  69. I agree in having zero faith in the lovely couple Mitch and Paul.

    mg (8cbc69)

  70. @ nk (#69): It is known, Khaleesi!

    Beldar (fa637a)

  71. urban’s “Bravo” prompted me to unblock Ropelight’s comment at #63, and I was not disappointed!

    Now I have a new mental image of ropelight to amuse myself as I skip past his comments.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  72. #65, Liviticus, your flippant and inaccurate comment reveals a childish penchant for trolling.

    During the Primary campaign Trump asked if the young Cuban man photographed helping Lee Oswald distribute Fair Play for Cuba flyers in front of Clay Shaw’s NOLA TradeMart might possibility be the father of Senator Ted Cruz.

    It was not such a far fetched query as you assume. Cruz Sr was in NOLA then, he did resemble the young Cuban subject, and he was active in anti-Castro organizations. While none of that is remotely conclusive, it does provide some basis for asking the question.

    To my knowledge, no reliable sources have identified the young Cuban, or placed Cruz Sr verifiably elsewhere at that particular time. Of course both know-it-alls and know-nothings are quick to ridicule Trump, wise crack, poke fun, and make fools of themselves, like you.

    ropelight (e4a4c9)

  73. That was very good, Dave. You have the unchallenged lead as chief anti Trump Sonderkommando by only needing to go back six years to prove a Trump lie rather than the usual thirty. Congratulations comrade. You have earned two fingers of beet juice and peoples position #16 in the toilet paper line for one week. Nastrovia!

    At least my parents weren’t accessories to the Lindbergh kidnapping, “comrade.”

    Dave (445e97)

  74. …like you, nk, and Beldar.

    ropelight (e4a4c9)

  75. The resulting pressure was too great, the American melting pot boiled over, and we haven’t found a way yet to put aside our weapons and our grievances and sit down around the national table in agreement since.

    But electing a reality-TV game-show host president seemed like a good idea at the time…

    Dave (445e97)

  76. It certainly was preferable to the criminal alternative.

    ropelight (e4a4c9)


  77. But electing a reality-TV game-show host president seemed like a good idea at the time…


    Not really, Dave but it did seem safer than electing another faux commie who was knee deep in corruption from Little Rock to Haiti and left a trail of bodies and denial in her wake. Just sayin’.

    And the reason “we haven’t found a way yet to put aside our weapons and our grievances and sit down around the national table in agreement since” is because the democrat party abandoned their position as “opposition” absorbed or was absorbed by the CPUSA and the radical leftists from the 60’s and decided it is better to divide and diversify America than to unite her around that table. You’ll notice the left always wins. They never compromise. That’s why they hate Trump so much. He’s not one of them and they can’t figure out what he’s doing. Just look at the incessant whining not only here but all across “liberal” America. They have tried everything from a “Russian” conspiracy to Trump being insane and nothing sticks. It’s killing them.

    BTW, Trump is treating N. Korea just like it needs to be treated. My wife says he should nuke them.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  78. Well, we damn well better hope that all the rest of the candidates that the Democrats put up, for Congress or the Presidency, are as loathsome as Hillary and Bernie, otherwise we’re screwed. Cause that’s how much Trump has hurt the Republican brand. Already.

    nk (dbc370)

  79. he’s such a good president the Dems might not even run a challenger

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  80. Ok, so who runs from the Right in the general as an independent or a new right-of-GOP party?

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  81. Yes why bother with actual results, lets just go with the narrative.

    narciso (d1f714)

  82. pervy Jeff Flake thinks he’s the new queen of conservatism

    but harvardtrash Ben Sasse has his eye on the tiara too

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  83. The Sweeney Todd slayings at the EPA, the collapse of red squaws brainchild, the consumer bureau, signficamt resource development in at least 20 years

    narciso (d1f714)

  84. 86, perhaps this should be repeated from the other thread – http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/ct-interior-reorganization-zinke-20180110-story.html
    maybe you save Virginia this way.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  85. I keep reading this post’s title as “White House doctors (noun) transcript (verb) to remove embarrassing Trump” and I get a split-second of joy wondering what kind of medical procedure transcripting is before the actual meaning of the phrase clicks.

    nk (dbc370)

  86. President Trump sagely did transcript all up in it and made america great again!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.


Powered by WordPress.

Page loaded in: 0.3109 secs.