Today we have (as far as I can tell) the very first official apology from the Trump administration (if not from Trump himself (although I seem to think there was something similar to one during his campaign)). I haven’t seen the apology, but the Telegraph seems to think it happened. So, what’s the flap? It seems that one of Fox’s talking heads made up some stories about the United Kingdom’s intelligence unit, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and then Sean Spicer repeated these stories during a news briefing:
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command – he didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice – he used GCHQ.”
Well, the GCHQ didn’t like that one bit and said so. The response from the Trumpster was to pass the buck back to Fox ‘News’:
“All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.”
Just to make sure we get what’s happened here–The president of the United States of America believes some crackpot on Fox ‘News’ when said crackpot says the entire domestic intelligence apparatus of the country (and part of the intelligence apparatus of another country) was out to get him–instead of believing that intelligence apparatus. He doesn’t listen to the intelligence community–whose job it is to advise him–but he does believe pretty much, it seems, anything he hears on Fox. Then, when it turns out to be wrong (which, being Fox, is likely) he blames Fox. ‘Go ask them,’ he says. ‘I just heard it.’ Maybe we should all be watching the fox a little closer these days. They’re sly critters.
Update: Never mind, no apology. Still a perfect record.