WH Press Sec. Spicer responds to story within 22 minutes of its posting
WASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) — A brazing story which alleges the Trump Administration was considering using the Army National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants landed the Associated Press in hot water with both the White House’s and DHS’s press secretaries Friday, shortly after the headline broke.
The piece which purports that as late as “Feb. 10” the “Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border.” But shortly after the story’s publication, a shitstorm developed which prompted a response by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and others inside the government.
“Not true. 100% false,” Spicer responded on Twitter.
Not true. 100% false https://t.co/EkTMKzhHPs
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) February 17, 2017
Spicer was also quoted saying that the memo is “not a White House document” and that “there is no effort to do what is potentially suggested.”
Backing up Spicer’s statements the acting press secretary for DHS Gillian Christensen told reporters, “The Department is not considering mobilizing the National Guard” anytime soon.
According to the journalist who released the story, “A DHS official says memo was “a very early, pre decisional draft… and was never seriously considered by the Department.”
A DHS official says memo was "a very early, pre decisional draft… and was never seriously considered by the Department"
— Dorey Scheimer (@DoreyScheimer) February 17, 2017
The story was tweeted out by at 9:23 a.m. EST.
Memo obtained by AP shows Trump considering mobilizing the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants. https://t.co/DGaVQ60tmd
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 17, 2017
Which means that Spicer responded via Twitter within 22 minutes of the story’s posting.