Quote of the Day: White House Disowns the President

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From Glenn Kessler, trying to figure out what President Trump meant when he said that Saudi Arabia would pay for 100 percent of our new troop deployment there:

White House officials would not explain what Trump meant.

Nor would Defense officials or State officials. The Saudis declined comment too. So what’s up?

The answer is obvious, of course: the Saudis aren’t paying for 100 percent of our troop deployment. Trump is just making this up. Any other questions?

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