The New York Times Sanctuary Cities/Immigration story today was knowingly wrong on almost every fact. They never call to check for truth. Their sources often don’t even exist, a fraud. They will lie & cheat anyway possible to make me look bad. In 6 years they will be gone........— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
I never offered Pardons to Homeland Security Officials, never ordered anyone to close our Southern Border (although I have the absolute right to do so, and may if Mexico does not apprehend the illegals coming to our Border), and am not “frustrated.” It is all Fake & Corrupt News!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
So, NBC reported it (the border closing story):
Another Fake Story on @NBCNews that I offered Pardons to Homeland Securiy personnel in case they broke the law regarding illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Of course this is not true. Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse, if that is possible, every day!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
Re-reading this tweet - haven't seen NBC story but CNN and NYT reported accurately that POTUS said DHS's McAleenan should ignore Nielsen's refusal to close border to asylum seekers and he'd grant a pardon if McAleenan got in legal trouble for it. POTUS may be conflating 2 things https://t.co/oiQ6SXOJos— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 13, 2019
We asked the White House for comment at 11 am and a few times since. They pointedly declined to comment. https://t.co/rcxD27XI5a— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 12, 2019
Think about it: That leaked comment on sanctuary cities and immigrants, he's proud of. That one he insisted on to the point the White House had to admit that, yes, far from being a plan proposed and almost immediately discarded, it was now on the way to becoming Administration policy. The leak about dangling a pardon to get the border shut down? Not so much.
And we should all note the President didn't offer to pardon the individual agents who would be carrying out these illegal orders. Or to give them new jobs, when they lost their government positions.
Rules, as Leona Helmsley once said, are for little people. He knows that, too; but that's the one quiet part he will never say out loud.
So, is he lying now? Depends; are his lips moving?
(to put these tweets in context, the first one above was preceded by this very Presidential pronouncement:
Great playing by @TigerWoods (at the) @TheMasters. Tomorrow will be a big and exciting day for golf and for sports. Many fantastic players in the hunt. Ratings Gold - Good luck to all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
....So interesting to see the Mayor of Oakland and other Sanctuary Cities NOT WANT our currently “detained immigrants” after release due to the ridiculous court ordered 20 day rule. If they don’t want to serve our Nation by taking care of them, why should other cities & towns?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
@realDonaldTrump plans to release detained immigrants to @CityofSanJose? We welcome any families willing to endure such extraordinary hardships and to take such tremendous risks to be a part of our great country. #VamosSanJose #WeAreSanJose https://t.co/YFy1SUR6Vz— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) April 12, 2019
This is just another in a long line of scare tactics and half-baked ideas that are just about chasing headlines and distracting people from real issues. In SF we are proud to be a sanctuary city and we’ll continue to stand up for all of our residents. https://t.co/qbc19UZq3u— London Breed (@LondonBreed) April 12, 2019
Sounds like he does hope to "dump" immigrants, though:
Remember, even though he types in all caps, he is not frustrated! NOT AT ALL!!!!! But, as Maggie Haberman quickly pointed out, he is confused; or at least contradicting himself:Democrats must change the Immigration Laws FAST. If not, Sanctuary Cities must immediately ACT to take care of the Illegal Immigrants - and this includes Gang Members, Drug Dealers, Human Traffickers, and Criminals of all shapes, sizes and kinds. CHANGE THE LAWS NOW!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
Moments ago, POTUS claimed NYT reporting that he wants to put undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities was false. But > https://t.co/EseNevxyaW— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 14, 2019