Political leaders, particularly the president and those who work for them, do damage not least to themselves if they are constantly going back to explain, correct, and clarify. If in doubt, remember Proverbs: "Even a fool, if he will hold his peace shall be counted wise: and if he close his lips, a man of understanding."
Members of President Trump's administration would do well to heed this advice.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer heaped up a shambles this week when, quoting a piece of commentary, he appeared to accuse a British spy agency, GCHQ, of working with former President Barack Obama to have Trump Tower's "wires tapped" during the 2016 election.
Spicer's source was Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano, who has yet to provide any evidence of the charge. Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said separately Friday afternoon that the news side of the cable network couldn't confirm Napolitano's story.
British officials pushed back hard on Spicer's claim. GHCQ even issued a rare statement, calling the remarks read out at the White House press briefing "ridiculous.Read more at WashingtonExaminer