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Trump Says He Misspoke at Summit – He Meant the Opposite of What He Said

Today at the White House, President Trump said that he thought he said at the Summit with Putin “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia” when asked about the “meddling.”  The president also insisted that he had “full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies”.

“I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,’” Trump told reporters, reading from a prepared statement. “The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative.” (NY Daily News)

Reuters: Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit, says he misspoke

Chicago Tribune: Trump backtracks on Russian meddling, says he misspoke during Putin meeting

CNN:  Trump, facing fury, says he misspoke with Putin

PBS News Hour: Trump now says he misspoke on Russian meddling, believes election interference took place

NY Daily News: President Trump backpedals after controversial Vladimir Putin meeting, claims he misspoke on Russian election meddling

USA Today: Trump voices support for U.S. intelligence a day after fueling bipartisan outrage with Putin comments

NBC News:  24 hours later, Trump claims he misspoke in Helsinki, meant to say Russia did have reason to meddle in election

ABC7News: President Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling

Express (UK): Donald Trump says he ‘MISSPOKE’ during Putin conference as Russia row descends into FARCE

 

While the President did say he accept their findings regarding meddling, he also looked up from the piece of paper he had in front of him and added that “It could be other people also – there’s a lot of people out there.”  It appears that the backlash that he was getting from those in his own party may have made him reverse course and that is of course a good thing.

Do you believe that he misspoke or do you just believe he is in “damage control” mode?  His former Communications Director was on the morning talk show circuit and was pleading with his former boss publicly to “reverse course.”

 

Note that on Monday morning, before the meeting with Putin he tweeted this, which implies that he did not misspeak. This was discussed in this CNN article:

Donald Trump sent the worst tweet of his presidency this morning

“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!,” tweeted Trump.