Liberals have been up in arms over the past few weeks after President Donald Trump seemed to imply on Twitter that he records all conversations that happen in the Oval Office.
James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
While these liberals have been demanding Trump’s tapes, threatening lawsuits and talking about how horrible it is, they seem to be forgetting that taping conversations in the White House isn’t anything new.
It has been widely documented that several former presidents have had recording devices in the Oval Office. The Washington Post noted one instance in which President Barack Obama’s staff seemed to imply that they had recording devices documenting every word.
Journalist Mark Bowden noted that when he was in the Oval Office in 2012, interviewing Obama for his book “The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden,” he noticed that his tape recorder had died at the end of the interview.
“So I said my goodbyes and as I was walking out of the Oval Office with Ben Rhodes, I said, ‘Ben, you’re not going to believe this, but my recorder died in the middle of that somewhere,’” Bowden recounted.
“Ah don’t worry about it,’ (Rhodes) says, ‘we record everything in here. We’ll get you a transcript before you leave.’ And he did,” he stated.
The Post’s article does note that a former Obama official stated that the transcript came from a stenographer in the room (whom apparently Bowden never noticed), and that Obama never secretly recorded people in the Oval Office.
Well I guess that settles it, because Obama and his administration officials where always totally honest with the American people about everything they did.
Even if all Obama ever had was a stenographer, that still counts as recording conversations in the Oval Office. Remember, Trump’s tweet had “tapes” in quotation marks, so he may not have meant he was literally taping all conversations.
There really isn’t anything wrong with having recording equipment taping conversations in the Oval Office. As president, both Obama and Trump would be well within their rights to do so. Liberals just need to calm down and stop acting as if Trump’s tweet was the legitimate basis for some sort of Nixonian conspiracy theory.
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