Trump slips on Constitution particulars at House GOP meeting

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Donald Trump flubbed a basic fact about the Constitution while meeting with House Republicans on Thursday, according to lawmakers in the room.

During a lunch hosted by the Heritage Foundation, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) recalled the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s response to a lawmaker’s question about how he’d protect the powers of Congress as outlined in Article I of the Constitution.

Trump responded that he wanted to protect Article I, Article II — all the way through Article XII. The problem: There are only seven articles of the Constitution.

{mosads}“We both know there is no Article XII,” Sanford said, adding he “wasn’t particularly impressed” with Trump.

Still, Republicans appeared to give Trump a pass for his error.

“I love to get down in the weeds and we can talk about this code section, this or that or the other. Donald Trump does not do that. He’s more on the surface,” said Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.). 

“I just assumed he was talking about the amendments, because I knew he was off on the numbers. But that’s just not, you know, his thing,” Griffith said.

GOP lawmakers tried to contrast Trump with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the controversy over her use of a private email system while serving as secretary of State. FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Oversight Committee to testify about his decision not to recommend charges against Clinton shortly after Trump met with House Republicans Thursday morning. 

“He may be loose on some facts, reckless on some. But there’s not malicious intent there,” Sanford said of Trump.

Despite whatever misgivings they may have about Trump, Republicans said they felt more confident that Trump would help enact conservative policies if elected president.

“I’m uncomfortable sometimes with the way he phrases things,” Griffith said. “But in the end, I came away feeling more comfortable that he’s going to follow a conservative agenda as president and that he’s going to work with the United States Congress.”

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