Trump Backtracks: I Meant To Say The Opposite Of What I Actually Said
President Donald Trump is now wanting to take back some of the statements he made at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
Giving a last minute press conference in his typical meeting room in the White House, he told the world he wanted to clarify what he meant at the summit in regards to Putin:
"I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't.' The sentence should of been "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia," when he was asked by a reporter at the joint press conference if he thought Putin hacked the 2016 presidential election.
BREAKING: President Trump claims he misspoke while discussing election meddling during news conference with Putin: "In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't.' ... The sentence should've been: 'I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia'" pic.twitter.com/nTwSNOqPea— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 17, 2018
Trump was standing next to Putin on the stage when he was asked it, and refused to condemn him in person. Now, he doesn't mind doing so, when Putin isn't around.
If @realDonaldTrump had ANY credibility AT ALL, people might accept that he misspoke. But he has no credibility, which is why most people are not going to believe him. You reap what you sow and he has sown a lot of BS.— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) July 17, 2018
Now - Trump faced with a flurry of attacks from his own party even - is having to backtrack in order to play politics at home. He now wants us to believe what he said was a "double negative" and he didn't mean to say it.
Trump also finally declared that he now agrees with U.S. intelligence, just one day after saying he believed Putin when he denied being involved in the hacking.
"Let me be totally clear, I accept our intelligence agencies conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. There's a lot of people out there."
To be clear, Trump still seemed to waffle in his acceptance of U.S. intelligence: "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. A lot of people out there." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/Gp4hzEbZBc— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 17, 2018
Notice how Trump was reading off a script, too. Someone prepared those remarks for him to read aloud to the television cameras. He didn't look like he even wanted to say them.
A weird thing happened, too: The lights turned off in the room as Trump said he had "full faith in our intelligence agencies."
"Opps, they just turned off the lights. That must be our intelligence agencies."
😂 The lights go out on Trump as he speaks about the intelligence services pic.twitter.com/C3NKQaxNsY— david (@davidvujanovic) July 17, 2018