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How the White House is spinning Trump's anti-Muslim retweets

President Donald Trump yells to reporters as he walks to board Marine One Wednesday. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah tried to downplay the significance of President Trump's anti-Muslim retweets by emphasizing Trump's commitment to national security and the safety of Americans. Even when reporters pointed to the outrage Trump's behavior ignited, specifically with U.K. leaders, Shah remained committed to his message.

The backdrop: This isn't the first time a White House spokesperson has tried to spin a seemingly impulsive action by President Trump into a broader policy directive.