Today Donald Trump attempted to take a mulligan on his disastrous summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that was so god-awful many have taken to calling it "treasonous".
That assessment comes from the fact that Trump not only refused to condemn Russia’s interference into the 2016 U.S. elections but in the same breath blamed America for the attack on our democracy as well.
This occurred when Trump was asked about his own intelligence chief's accusation that Russia undertook an "unprecedented influence campaign" in the 2016 election and Trump replied...
"I have great confidence in my intelligence people. But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. Putin just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be."
This statement was so heinous even Fox News pundits reprimanded him for uttering it.
So after 26 hours and two interviews Trump attempted damage control by sitting in front of the gathered media, arms folded like a petulant child, and read from a prewritten script that claimed the whole mess stemmed from one single solitary word he misspoke in the entirety of yesterday's events.
That word was "would".
I will let Donald explain in his typical word garbage...
"I thought that I made myself very clear by having just reviewed the transcript. Now, I have to say, I came back, and I said, "What is going on? What's the big deal?" So I got a transcript. I reviewed it. I actually went out and reviewed a clip of an answer that I gave, and I realized that there is need for some clarification.
It should have been obvious -- I thought it would be obvious -- but I would like to clarify, just in case it wasn't. In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't." The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why I wouldn't -- or why it wouldn't be Russia. So just to repeat it, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't." And the sentence should have been -- and I thought it would be maybe a little bit unclear on the transcript or unclear on the actual video -- the sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia. Sort of a double negative."
Ahh, yeah. Watch that here...
Now that garbage might have worked if that had been Trump's only weak, capitulatory, servile moment from the summit with Putin but there were legion.
For instance when it came to Putin's order for the hacking of the American election Trump stated that he held "both countries responsible", said "I think the United States has been foolish," and that "we’re all to blame.”
And if the "wouldn't" = "would" bit wasn't weak enough Trump went on to throw his intelligence agencies under the bus again!...
“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.”
Yeah, we know, and "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds".