Bush press secretary: White House communications team’s mistakes are unforgivable


“Bad management,” is the term used by President George W. Bush’s White House press secretary Ari Fleischer when describing how the Trump administration is handling the drip-drip-drip of revelations regarding Don Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer and her team of mystery men.

“I do not understand why the White House months ago didn’t get its arms around everything Russian; get all the emails, all the different stories White House staff and family members had and proactively put it out themselves. But was it bad judgement or was it a crime? Seems to me it’s bad judgement. Is it collusion or opposition research? It certainly seems to me to be opposition research,” he said, noting that “opposition research is the fundamental driver in all of this.”

He went on to slam President Trump’s communications team in an Associated Press interview on Saturday, saying they were making “unforgivable” mistakes.

“Omissions are as harmful as contradictions because it seems like you’re hiding something,” Fleischer said, according to the AP report . “From a communications standpoint, it’s unforgivable.”

“The only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed,“ Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at an off-camera press briefing on Monday.

According to President Trump, “I think from a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting.”

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