On Saturday, Donald Trump sided with Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin over U.S. Intelligence Agencies about interference in our 2016 election. By Sunday, the former reality show star walked that back. Maybe because he freaked everyone out when he threw the U.S. under the bus on Veterans Day. Trump’s own nominee, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, was forced to release a statement saying that he “stands by” the intelligence community’s declassified report which had concluded that Russia ran an influence campaign.
On Sunday, Trump said, “I believe in our intel agencies” even though on Saturday, Trump called them “political hacks.”
Trump also walked back his comment about the Russian dictator in which he said, “Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.” Trump added that Putin is “very insulted.”
During a joint press conference with Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang on Sunday morning, Trump did an about-face.
“I’m surprised there’s any conflict about this,” Trump said.
“What I said is, I believe [Putin] believes that,” Trump continued to say at the press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. “I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it or not, I’m with our agencies, especially as currently constituted, with their leadership.”
“I believe in our intel agencies. I’ve worked with them very strongly,” Trump added.
Trump clarifies his comments on Putin + election hacking: “I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether or not I believe it or not, I’m with our agencies” pic.twitter.com/nDqJqeytkk
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 12, 2017
Because facts do matter, just hours earlier, Trump said: “He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. But I just asked him again, and he said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they’re saying he did.”
When asked if he believed Putin, Comrade Trump said, “I think that he is very, very strong in the fact that he didn’t do it.”
After that, he blasted former CIA director John Brennan, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, and former FBI Director James Comey.
“You have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey,” he said. “Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them. I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks. That whole thing was set up by the Democrats.”
Hours later, he’s saying that isn’t what he said even though there are transcripts of the presser in Air Force One.
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