Trump’s ‘would’ versus ‘wouldn’t’ excuse for Russian Federation remarks becomes a meme

Henrietta Brewer
July 19, 2018

Speaking during the White House press briefing Wednesday, the first held in two weeks, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay out of USA elections during their two hour private meeting in Helsinki Monday.

The president's comments were unlikely to satisfy his critics in both parties.

"He just said it's not Russia", Trump said.

The ex-intelligence chiefs and others criticized Trump for appearing to dismiss the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election. "What my work has always been about is allowing people to see differently", she adds. That assertion is not supported by known intelligence.

Trump continued, "You know, Russian Federation and the United States control 90 percent of the nuclear weapons in the world and getting along with Russia-and not only for that reason-it's a good thing, not a bad thing". "I don't see any reason why it would be".

On Tuesday, he said this: "The sentence should have been "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be" Russian Federation".

Hours later, the White House stepped in to say Trump's answer wasn't what it appeared.

"He's got to acknowledge that there's a consensus among our intelligence agencies, including our committees here on Capitol Hill, not only that the Russians interfered and meddled with our elections in 2016, but are doing it again in 2018", Sen.


As his rare retraction - Trump is not known to own up mistakes - became the new narrative, the president added a new wrinkle in an unscripted interaction with reporters.

Since then, Browder has campaigned to punish Russia, Martha MacCallum said, and is considered President Putin's top foreign enemy.

The scene nearly instantly drew condemnation as it played out on television screens.

Republican Senator John McCain accused Trump of "playing right into Putin's hands" with the president's comments in a Fox News interview on Tuesday that appeared to question the American commitment to defend all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"I wish the president hadn't backtracked, I just wish he'd stuck with what he said originally", said John from Worcester, Massachusetts. "What's the big deal?"

A Reuters/Ipsos poll this week found that despite a firestorm of media criticism, Mr Trump's Finland summit had no real impact on his overall approval ratings.

"My money is on the latter two", they said.

Those same forces appeared ready to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of United States jobs and hurt United States business and security while waging their divisive political battle, Mr Putin said.


House Speaker Paul Ryan quickly condemned Trump's comments, though he did not name Trump. He just said it's not Russian Federation. Other Republicans termed it as "disgraceful", "embarrassing" and "shameful".

Putin mentioned Americans he'd like to question during a joint press conference with Putin after their private meeting.

Ryan sounded frustrated when he was asked whether Trump should clarify his remarks. I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah'. And I think the press makes up the, look, it's fake news.

Clapper hit back Thursday: "I think the feeling is mutual".

Earlier Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to insist that the summit had been a success, citing the "many positive things" he expects to come from the meeting. McConnell, like many Republicans, stopped short of criticising Trump. Loudest was one was a reporter asking, "Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?"

Democrats were eager to keep the subject alive, calling for hearings, resolutions reaffirming American intelligence assessments and measures lending money to states to protect their voting systems from hacking.

"You have people that said, "You should have gone up to him".

Many feel that they have no other option but to press on alone, as Trump has displayed such a clear unwillingness to genuinely change his tune on Putin.


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