After Declining to Publicly Condemn Russian Meddling, Trump Tweets We Can’t ‘Focus on the Past’
Donald Trump has apparently taken notice of the major league criticism for how he handled things in Helsinki during his press conference with Vladimir Putin. The president is facing bipartisan condemnation for taking Russia’s side over the findings and indictments from America’s law enforcement and intelligence communities, and now it seems he’s trying to walk things back.
“As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.’ However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!”
As I said today and many times before, “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.” However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along! #HELSINKI2018
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
Here’s a reminder of what Trump said about 2016 election interference while he was standing next to Putin:
“All I can do is ask the question. My people came to me… they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server.”
“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.”
Make of that what you will.
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