Trump again denies collusion with Russia, but notes he speaks ‘for myself’
During a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Donald Trump was asked about the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Trump yet again called the entire investigation a “witch hunt” and stated there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, but he did add a disclaimer this time.
“I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt, and there is no collusion between — certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians. Zero,” Trump said.
Both The Washington Post and The New York times are quoting him as saying “only” instead of “always,” but the end result is still the same, either way. Trump is not-so-subtly leaving the door open to the possibility that someone not named Donald Trump — some names that come to mind are Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Carter Page — colluded or in some way did something questionable with Russia. Somebody should warn him that doesn’t let him off the hook.
POTUS then rambled for a bit about how the investigation is tearing the country apart, how wonderful the U.S. military has been doing, and how dedicated he is to America before circling back to the question again.
“Believe me, there’s no collusion,” Trump said once more. “Russia is fine, but whether it’s Russia or anybody else, my total priority, believe me, is the United States of America.”
What are you talking about, dude?
Trump also had a very brief answer when asked about former FBI director James Comey’s claim that he was asked to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.
“No. No. Next question.”
Huh. That’s not what Comey’s memo said. Weird.
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