WH: No contradiction in Trump's tweets on surveillance law

The White House on Thursday denied any apparent contradiction in the two tweets posted by President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE ahead of a vote to pass a sweeping surveillance bill in the House, insisting the president had "full understanding" of the law.

Trump raised eyebrows Thursday morning when he appeared to draw a link between the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which includes a provision that allows the National Security Agency to monitor foreign nationals without warrants, to his allegations that his campaign had been spied on by the Obama administration. 

" 'House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.' This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?" the president tweeted. 
The tweet seemed to contradict his own White House, which one day earlier endorsed the law in a statement.
 
Hours later, Trump responded with a new tweet that appeared to clarify his support for the bill, saying that it is about "foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land" and that "we need it!"
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly defended the president as reporters asked about whether the tweets conflicted with each other.
 
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"We don’t think there was a conflict at all. The president fully supports [Section] 702 and was happy to see that it passed the House today, but he does have some overall concern with the FISA program more generally," she said, referring to the name of the surveillance law.
 
"The president doesn’t feel that we have to choose between protecting American citizens and protecting their civil liberties." she said.
 
Sanders repeated that assertion again in a tense exchange with NBC's Hallie Jackson, who asked how lawmakers could trust the administration to represent the president's wishes if his messaging is less than clear. 
 
"I think the premise of your question is completely ridiculous and shows the lack of knowledge you have on this process," Sanders said. 
 
"It wasn't confusing to me, I'm sorry it was to you," she said. 
 
Sanders also said the president has "full understanding" of the program and that the follow-up tweet was only to dispel any confusion among the media, not to acknowledge a shift in view.
 
"We weren't confused, but some of you were. So we wanted to make sure you knew the White House position," Sanders said.