Trump Didn’t Know The Difference Between Domestic/Foreign Surveillance

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House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke with Trump on the phone for thirty minutes in an effort to explain FISA to the president.

According to reporting by the Washington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to personally call the president after a Thursday tweet indicated he was confused about the inner workings of foreign versus domestic intelligence.

The presidential misstep caused concern on Capitol Hill as the House was preparing to vote on the very measure Donald Trump was disparaging on Twitter - even after the White House had already signaled its support.

The Washington Post reports that Ryan phoned Trump after the president tweeted that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) had been used "so badly" to spy on the Trump campaign by the Obama administration "and others."

"House votes on controversial FISA ACT today. This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?" Trump tweeted Thursday.

Following the clarifying information present by Ryan, Trump returned to Twitter with a reversal of messaging:

"With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!" Trump tweeted 90 minutes later.

The White House insisted that there was no flip-flop or confusion in Trump's tweets:

“We don’t think there was a conflict at all,” Sanders said. “The president fully supports [FISA] and was happy to see that it passed the House today ... We don’t see any contradiction or confusion in that.”

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