Trump Goes Off Script, Continues To Side Against The U.S. Intelligence Community On Russia

President Trump’s non-apology tour further confirms where he stands

Wax model of US President Donald Trump, left, stands near to a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, displayed in the wax museum in Sofia, Friday March 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Wax model of US President Donald Trump, left, stands near to a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, displayed in the wax museum in Sofia, Friday March 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

The Rantt Rundown: Tuesday, July 17 – Day 544 of the Trump presidency

After President Trump attempted to create the perception of him “walking back” one of his statements at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, you likely saw several headlines and push notifications that looked something like this:

That is not what happened.

In scripted remarks to reporters, President Trump made a dishonest attempt to “clarify” just one of the countless capitulating statements to Vladimir Putin.

But, in those same remarks, Trump also continued his consistent effort to cast doubt on whether Russia attacked our democracy. In doing so, the President of the United States sides with a foreign adversary over the U.S. Intelligence Community.

The entire world heard what he really said.

Photos of the scripted remarks revealed what Trump wrote in the margins and what he omitted…(collusion is misspelled btw.)

Even if he did misspeak in that single moment, which no one with eyes and ears believes he did, Trump did not “clarify” his tirade about Clinton’s 33,000 emails, his claim about the idea of Russian interference being an excuse Democrats came up with for losing the election, or the fact he called the Russia investigation a witch hunt and the U.S. foolish. The entirety of the summit was riddled with surrender.

This also doesn’t reverse President Trump’s years of money ties to Russian oligarchs, his campaign’s contacts with Russian operatives, or his overall conciliatory policy position towards Russia. Not to mention, Trump’s post-summit tweets undermine his statements.

This half-baked statement was clearly designated for a specific target audience: Republicans on Capitol Hill and conservative media. This gave them breathing room to try and obfuscate what Trump meant and attempt to quell the unanimous backlash. But as we saw, President Trump continues to contradict himself in the aftermath.

One can only hope the media covers this appropriately.

Even the lights fact-checked him.

It was actually Chief of Staff John Kelly.

In other news…

Russian intelligence agencies are planning to ramp up operations targeting western countries now that the World Cup and the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit have ended, according to sources familiar with intelligence collected by the United Kingdom, the US and other allies.

  • In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, President Trump doubled down on many of his talking points, and in one moment questioned why the United States is upholding Article 5.

  • At an event in South Africa commemorating what would’ve been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, former President Barack Obama spoke out.

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