President Donald Trump took a few questions on the way to Marine One Wednesday afternoon and this version of his answer to a question on Niger from CNBC’s John Harwood caught our eye:

The way many people will read this is that the president threw the U.S. military under the bus. For example:

Now for the entire quote where he literally says that although he didn’t authorize this specific mission, he gave the generals the “authority to do what’s right.”

There’s no buck-passing here. At all.

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