Gov. Jan Brewer lashed out at the president and his administration Thursday, saying they announced - in Ecuador - that the federal government will sue Arizona over the state's new immigration law.
"That is just totally outrageous," the governor said after being told of a televised interview Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did while traveling. She said there is no reason Arizonans should have to learn through a blog post of an interview she did with NTN-24.
Clinton, being interviewed, said Obama has spoken out against the law because he believes immigration policy should be determined by the federal government. That mirrors statements the president himself has made since Arizona adopted the law requiring police to check the immigration status of those they have stopped if there is "reasonable suspicion" they are not in this country legally.
It was what followed that was new.
"And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act," Clinton said in the interview.
While Obama did direct the Justice Department to review the law, the president previously said any decision whether to sue would be made by Attorney General Eric Holder.
The White House declined comment, referring calls to the Justice Department. Calls to that agency were not immediately returned.
That wasn't the only issue that resulted in sharp words from Brewer Thursday about the president.
She said Obama, in their meeting exactly two weeks earlier, promised he would provide her with details on his plans to improve border security. That includes where he intends to deploy 1,200 National Guard soldiers and spend an extra $500 million he wants Congress to approve.
"I've heard absolutely nothing," Brewer said.
"Today was the due date," the governor continued. "Of course, I'm disappointed."
Brewer brushed aside questions of whether the president never promised two weeks. a couple of weeks, something less specific.
"That's absolutely incorrect," Brewer said Thursday.
"I said ‘when,' " she continued. "(They responded) ‘two weeks.' "