White House Accidentally Sends Trump’s Ukraine Talking Points To Democrats
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Donald Trump, they do. The White House on Wednesday inadvertently sent out its talking points on President Trump’s Ukrainian phone call to House Democrats.
Aaron Fritschner, the communications director for Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), said that “numerous Dem colleagues” received the email at 11:22 a.m., followed by a White House request to recall the email at 12:02 p.m. Fritschner said Beyer’s office doesn’t do email recalls.
The White House’s pitfall on the talking points for Republicans, which were quickly shared online, was also confirmed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office.
The White House email includes headings such as “What You Need To Know” and says the memo clearly shows “there was no quid pro quo or anything else inappropriate about the conversation.”
The talking points said the president’s actions during the call were “entirely proper” and the press has “given currency to flat-out falsehoods about the call.”
“That is not seeking foreign ‘interference’ in a U.S. election, it is suggesting that allegations of an abuse of office merit looking into,” the email said.
Fritschner replied to the administration’s email, asking, “Did you ever think you would grow up to be someone who got paid to tell people that obvious corruption was okay?” which he posted on Twitter.
“My immediate reaction to the talking points was that the notion that the President didn’t suggest a quid pro quo is insulting to our intelligence and that the suggestion that he did nothing wrong is an affront to the Constitution,” he said in an email to The Hill. “The mistake with sending us talking points is far less significant, though it reveals a level of incompetence that is shocking to me even as someone who has been on the Hill since Trump took office.”
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) September 25, 2019
Political Dig has reached out to the White House for comment.