Donald Trump’s hardcore followers will really need to soak up this sugar pill in order to swallow it.
After the unanimous bipartisan condemnation of Trump’s remarks during the Helsinki summit yesterday, the US president has backpedalled on his statements this morning in such ludicrous fashion it’ll make a 5-year-old cringe.
Trump’s comments during the press conference in Helsinki provoked a barrage of criticism from every corner of the ideological spectrum.
Even commentators from Fox News, the president’s key ally in the media, have relentlessly slammed his performance.
Contrary to his bullish and bragging customary attitude on Twitter, where he has insulted everyone from heads of state to screenwriters and comedians, the ex-reality star appeared at the summit sheepish and complaisant in front of the Russian president.
Vladimir Putin not only arrived an hour late to the meeting but also seemed to command the tone of the whole press conference.
Putin emphatically denied that Russia had interfered in American internal affairs, and even paused the conference to hand a football to President Trump after being questioned whether the ball was “in the Russian court” regarding the situation in Syria.
Trump preferred to side with the Russian president instead of supporting the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies, claiming there had been no meddling from Russia in the 2016 US election.
Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure,it’s not your fault
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2013
I know some of you may think l’m tough and harsh but actually I’m a very compassionate person (with a very high IQ) with strong common sense
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2013
But Trump, who has bragged on many occasions on how his IQ is “one of the highest”, backpedalled today on his declarations, saying what he meant was a “double negative”.
“President Putin says it’s not Russia – I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Trump stated yesterday. Today, he told the press he meant the complete opposite.
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The US president said he had reviewed the transcript and thought his comments needed a clarification.
“In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.”
Yep, that was the excuse from the leader of the world’s biggest nuclear power. I mean, come on, I’ve seen preschoolers come up with more plausible circumventions.
“The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t’ or ‘why it wouldn’t be Russia’. Sort of a double negative,” The US president said.
What’s even more perplexing is that the transcripts are available for the whole world to see, and anybody with the intelligence of a snail can notice the particular phrase Trump chose to retcon is not isolated nor detached from his other statements during the whole press conference.
Completing his spineless 180 backflip, Trump now acknowledges Russia did stick their hands in the election.
“I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place”
However, like he usually does, he did try to sprinkle fact with a tiny bit of speculation to make it all more confusing.
“Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.”
Now, it’s very interesting to see where this word salad somersault will take him. If he now, after two years of investigations and piles of evidence, accepts Russia did meddle with the election, this inevitably begs for a series of questions: Why did they interfere? Do you know what collusion means? Do you think you’ll look good in orange?