Mmkay, ATC question for the controllers in the group. (Tl;dr: what was the controller thinking?) -paging @Timbeck2 ! I've been talking to Corpus Approach for about ten minutes. I'm at about 1,000 ft, slowly climbing to 2k, headed 210. I can see the conflict coming, with the TFR to the east, and the approach corridor right under me. *Just* before I get into the Charlie, the controller (who I've been talking to already for a while) asks my intentions. I say that I'd like to climb to 2k, and overfly the field until I clear the TFR then turn 180 on course. He responds with a "remain clear" while I'm on the edge of the airspace, and I immediately (and pretty abruptly) turn 90 degrees right. I call him back after a minute with my new plan, descending below 1200' to underfly the outer ring of the Charlie. He responds with an immediate "approved as requested," and clears me into the Charlie. At this point, I'm confused because he has already told me to remain clear, and my new plan involves not coming into the Charlie at all, because he told me not to. I confirm with him that I'm cleared into the Charlie, and after he replies affirmative, I tell him exactly what I told him before, that I would like to climb to 2000, overfly the field, then turn on course. He approves me, and passes me to the next Corpus approach controller. The next Corpus controller climbs me to 2500, and gives me a heading of 170. I was pretty sure that he was going to send me into the TFR, which is why I took the screenshot. But my question is, what's the deal with the first controller? It sounds like a trainee, who didn't deconflict me early enough, and had me remain clear because he wasn't quite sure what he should do. Does that sound right?