President Donald Trump handed Russian President Vladimir Putin a diplomatic triumph during their now-infamous summit by casting doubt on our intelligence agencies. On Monday, Trump refused to support the collective conclusion of our intelligence agencies that noted that Russia interfered with the 2016 US Presidential election.
Trump was oddly warm with Putin, and said that the Russian president has given him an “extremely strong and powerful” denial that Russia assaulted our democracy. The meeting between Trump and Putin marked the first formal meeting between the current leaders of the world’s nuclear powerhouses and has sparked disbelief, with both Democrats and Republicans reeling at Trump’s performance.
Now that Trump is facing fury from both sides of the political aisle, he has decided to defend himself with the ridiculous claim that he simply misspoke. In one of the only times that Trump has admitted to making a mistake, Trump said that when he returned Monday from the summit, he “realized there is some need for clarification” about his remarks. Trump said that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.”
Trump also said that he supports our US intelligence agencies — a day after he refused to accept their findings on Russia’s election interference.
This clarification came after everyone showed their disbelief at Trump’s remarks in Helsinki. Even members of the Trump administration rebuked his statements from the moment he departed the summit. However, it took more than a day for Trump or the White House to officially respond to the backlash.
Adam Schiff, a representative for California’s 28th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party, decided to troll Trump on Twitter, using his own play on words.
I would say that I completely believe President Trump misspoke and that he has full faith and confidence in the members of our intelligence community and understands that Putin and Russia were fully responsible for intervening in our election.
Sorry. I meant wouldn’t.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 17, 2018
Donald Trump has always had a war of words with the intelligence community, going as far back as January 2017. In a series of tweets, he showed his disdain and distrust of the intelligence community, casting doubt on hacking allegations.
The intelligence community is designed to keep the president accountable — so of course, Trump isn’t going to be particularly friendly to them.
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