a step the White House insists is not on the table

Discussion in 'English Only' started by dhchong, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. dhchong Senior Member


    This is from CNN News article. Trump takes aim at top FBI officials on Twitter - CNNPolitics

    I'm trying to understand meaning of the phrase "a step the White House insists is not on the table" and grammatical function of the phrase. My understanding of "to give Trump cover should he try to remove Mueller" is "to give Trump cover if he should try to remove Mueller". Then what does "a step" refernce?
  2. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    English - England
    is not on the table = is not under consideration, or is not an option
  3. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    a step = a move; a strategy; part of a plan. (Here it refers to "removing Mueller".)
    On the table = available
  4. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    It is a reference back to removing Mueller. The writer says that Democrats argue that criticisms of McCabe and the FBI are an effort to give Trump cover if Trip should decide to remove Mueller, even though the White House says that the removal of Mueller is not something that Trump plans to do.

  5. dhchong Senior Member

    Clearly understood. Thank you all very much.

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