Another One Man Band Bull Shit story for the media and his supporters ?….
White House officials are unable to point to or describe any internal assessment to justify President Donald Trump’s contention that he can unilaterally end the granting of U.S. citizenship to any child born on American soil.
Several Trump aides were asked whether such a legal analysis was conducted by the White House counsel’s office or officials at either the Justice or Homeland Security departments and briefed to the president before he announced he intends to sign an executive order ending the practice in an interview with Fox News that aired Monday night.
They were also asked whether the president’s contention that he has the legal authority to stop citizenship for some migrant babies was based on legal assessment presented to the White House by a congressional office or outside conservative scholar. The same officials were asked to summarize any analysis that was used by Trump before making his intention and legal stance public.
In every instance, the White House would not provide any information, though officials stopped short of denying the existence of such guidance.
One White House official referred to a second official, who was unable to say whether any legal counsel inside the West Wing or Justice Department had conducted a thorough legal assessment before Trump spoke to Fox News. The same official was also unable to say anything to dispel the notion that the president might take up the idea after seeing it on a right-leaning cable network or other such media outlet….