Trump is walking back on his Russia comments, and Twitter won’t stand for it
It’s only been a day since Donald Trump’s now-infamous Helsinki news conference on July 16th, in which he stated that despite the evidence, he believed Vladimir Putin’s word over the U.S. intelligence community. Unsurprisingly, the president’s remarks have fueled sharp criticism on both sides of the political aisle, and now Trump is attempting to backpedal.
NPR reported today, July 17th, that in a meeting with Republican lawmakers, Trump said his comments in Finland boiled down to a simple misunderstanding. He claimed that he had meant to say he didn’t see any reason why it “wouldn’t” be Russia who meddled in the election but had misspoke and said “would.” The president added that he had “full faith” in the U.S. intelligence community, which has found that Russian agents attempted to affect the election.
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," Trump said, according to CNBC. But then he continued: "Could be other people also. A lot of people out there. But there was no collusion."
Trump’s tone was noticeably different than the evening before, when he made an appearance on the Fox News show Hannity. At the time — which, as it should be noted, was directly after his initial comments about Putin — Trump again referred to the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt” and claimed he took Putin at his word.
Later, the president tweeted “the Fake News is going Crazy” about his comments on Russia.
However, Twitter isn’t buying it.
Others acknowledged that Trump’s new position is still concerning.
Of course, some couldn’t resist getting sassy.
Regardless of what the president meant to say at the Helsinki conference, there is abundant evidence that Russia at least tried to influence our 2016 election. And it’s high time our POTUS acknowledges it.