Hmm - -The hypocrisy is not new, and neither is the lying. Evidently, Trump believes he can have said something more than once, in front of the entire world, and then just brush it off as "I misspoke."
I for one do not believe him for a moment. He has made it perfectly clear that he's with Putin and Russia as opposed to the USA.
He betrayed us all, and he needs to be held accountable. It is tiring seeing him contradict himself and get away with it. He has done it too many times, and this time he's getting called on it!
He NOW claims that he supports our United States Intelligence Community, after thrice stating in Helsinki, on a world wide stage, that he didn't. Who could ever believe him? Well, interestingly, Republicans are already stating that they might believe him. Newt Gingrich gave praise to Trump for making such sad, and insincere, "clarifying" statements.
24 hours later, Trump claims he misspoke in Helsinki, meant to say Russia did have reason to meddle in election
The president also said he backed the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Moscow interfered in his 2016 race against Hillary Clinton.
President Donald Trump attempted on Tuesday to clarify his widely criticized comments in Helsinki, saying that he had misspoken when he said a day earlier that he did not see why Russia would have meddled in the election. Trump said Tuesday he meant to say he did not see any reason why it wouldn't have been Russia that interfered.
"I thought that I made myself very clear, but having just reviewed the transcript...I realized that there is a need for some clarification," Trump said Tuesday at the White House. "The sentence should have been...'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia'."
At the Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said about election meddling in 2016: "(Putin) just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be."
Trump also said on Tuesday that he had "full faith and support" for the American intelligence community and supported their assessment that Russian meddled in the election, although the president also claimed that others could also be responsible.
Democrats swiftly seized on the president's attempt to clarify his comments.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Trump of trying to "squirm away" from his comments in Helsinki.
"President Trump tried to squirm away from what he said yesterday. It’s 24 hours too late and in the wrong place," Schumer said.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he wasn't buying it.
"I don't accept the president’s comments today," Warner said. "If he wanted to make those comments, he should have had the strength to make them in front of Vladimir Putin."
He added, "This has a strange resemblance to the president's comments after he was so offensive after the disturbances in Charlottesville where he equated the neo-Nazis with the protesters. So, I give these comments about 24 hours before he once again slams the investigation, before he once again sides with authoritarians like Vladimir Putin."
Trump was pilloried from all sides on Monday, even from some staunch loyalists in his own party, for appearing to side with Putin over American intelligence agencies that have concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
Referring to the president's news conference with Putin, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trump had "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."
Former CIA director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic and a national security analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, called Trump's performance "nothing short of treasonous." And former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump confidant, called the president's comments "the most serious mistake of his presidency."
Gingrich praised the president for clarifying his comments.
No matter how the GOP tries to twist this one, Trump betrayed our American people every one, and we will remember.