One of the defining characteristics of Donald Trump — the man and the President — is how he seems to remake his policies (and those of his administration) on a daily basis. Taking directly contradictory positions — either from things he has said previously or from the official line of his administration — seems as natural to Trump as breathing.
This past week provides us with two sterling examples of Trump’s many contradictions.
1) In the wake of the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, Trump was asked his view of the effort to expose government secrets that Assange spearheaded. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” the President replied. “It’s not my thing and I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange.”
Which is utterly contradicted by a series of plaudits Trump gave WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, when the organization was releasing emails from the Democratic National Committee illegally obtained by Russians. “WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks,” Trump said in October 2016.
2) On Thursday night, The Washington Post and other outlets reported that President Trump had pressured Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to bus undocumented immigrants arrested at the border to sanctuary cities in the congressional districts of Democratic members of Congress.
By Friday morning, the administration was dismissing the whole thing. “The idea was briefly and informally raised and quickly rejected,” a White House official told CNN.
Enter Trump. “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” he tweeted. “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy — so this should make them very happy!”