Trump Reads Statement Admitting Russia Meddled, Then Ad-Libs: ‘Could Be Other People Also’
As President Donald Trump walked back his remarks form the summit with Vladimir Putin, he claimed that he misspoke on Monday when he cast doubt on U.S. intelligence community.
Trump expressed doubt yesterday over assessments that Russia meddled with the 2016 election, but he backtracked today and said that he accepts the intelligence community’s findings.
Reading off a written statement, Trump said: “Let me be totally clear in saying that — and I’ve said this many times — I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.”
And then, in a telling ad-lib, Trump added: “Could be other people also. There’s a lot of people out there.”
After that, Trump addressed the recent uproar by saying he reviewed the transcript and recognizes the 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. So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself. I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.”
As a reminder, here’s what Trump said about Russia’s election interference yesterday:
Reuters: Trump says he meant to say in Helsinki that he saw no reason why it would not be Russia that interfered in elections.
Here’s the transcript: pic.twitter.com/fMYX8rEgKq
— Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) July 17, 2018
Watch above, via CNN.
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