Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders battle MSNBC's Hallie Jackson over Trump's FISA tweets

Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders battle MSNBC's Hallie Jackson over Trump's FISA tweets

During Thursday's press briefing, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether there is a "cause and effect" between the programming on Fox & Friends and President Trump's tweeting, a well-plumbed storyline. The president, she said, has been following the topic and "wanted to put something out".

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Indeed, Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer suggested previous year that something must be done to plug the leaks that were plaguing the White House, while one memo from former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey claims Trump asked about the possibility of imprisoning journalists over information leaks.

Regarding FISA, Sanders said Americans should not have their rights and liberties abused but felt they should be protected.

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The memo, obtained by ABC News and "verified by a senior White House official", is an update to the long-anticipated West Wing personal cell phone ban scheduled to go into effect January 16. Sanders then said the president supports the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments act but has concerns.

"I'm sure you're disappointed he's not watching CNN", Sanders said.

While Trump's initial tweet reportedly sparked confusion on Capitol Hill, the House ultimately voted in favor of reauthorization by a 256-164 margin.

Jackson noted other officials besides Sanders, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert, had publicly voiced the administration's support for the surveillance program, only to have their authority on the matter undermined by the president's tweet.

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