Trump Today: President reverses his own criticism of FISA before House vote

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President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested he was opposed to a surveillance program that his own administration said it supported just a day earlier, but quickly reversed himself.

SUGGESTION OF SPYING

In the first of two tweets about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — part of which the House voted to renew Thursday — Trump pointed his finger at the Obama administration. “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 said, referring to the dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

The tweet was striking since on Wednesday night, the White House said in a statement it was for preserving FISA’s Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence to monitor foreign communications. But critics say the program also sweeps up Americans’ data.

‘WE NEED IT!’

A little less than two hours later, Trump reversed himself, saying, “We need it! Get smart!”

Trump’s tweets reportedly prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, to ask House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the House’s vote on the FISA bill on Thursday. But House lawmakers voted 256-164 to renew Section 702 of the law. The bill now goes to the Senate.

“Today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land,” Trump said.

TRUMP TIES PHYSICAL TO STOCK MARKET

After an event on prison reform at the White House, Trump told reporters his medical checkup scheduled for Friday will “go very well.”

“It better go well, otherwise the stock market will not be happy,” he said. Trump’s mental fitness to be president was questioned in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” but the exam isn’t expected to include a mental acuity test, Reuters wrote.

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