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Trump Goes Off Course Again Regarding Russia; Claims They Want to Help the Democrats in Midterms
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24 Jul 2018 05:59 PM EST

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By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin (Image source: via Wikimedia Commons)

It's hard to follow Donald Trump's thoughts via his Twitter, his mouthpiece of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and his remarks to the press — it's a shifting story. There are a few themes he sticks to relentlessly, but other than that it's hard to know where he stands. That's never been more true than in this past week since his summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Trump has been all over the board in his attempts to smooth this over and then try to lay the blame somewhere else. Monday when he emerged from the closed-door meeting with Putin, he was asked about the Russians meddling in the 2016 election.

Standing alongside Putin, he said, "I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today." He then said, I don't see any reason why it would be Russia" who was responsible for the election meddling.

He took an extreme amount of backlash for this from both sides of the political aisle as well as former intelligence officials. Even Fox News was critical of his statement.

This led to him announcing to the press the following day that he had misspoke. He claims he meant to say "wouldn't" instead of would. He meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia."

And the following day he was walking back his statement even more, saying he believed that Russia was responsible for the election meddling but said he didn't think Russia was still meddling. He followed this by inviting Putin to the Washington in the fall.

On Sunday he reversed course again, tweeting that the whole investigation into Russia meddling was "all a big hoax."

That was absurd on its own. The FBI and Robert Mueller haven't spent two years collectively researching a hoax, indicting many people, most of whom are Russian or have a connection to Russia or Ukraine. Sanders tried to cover it by saying he was referring to the "collusion component."

And by Tuesday he was no longer calling it a hoax. Now he thinks they'll be trying to meddle in the midterms in November with the goal of helping the Democrats, not him.

"I'm very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election," he tweeted. "Based on the fact that no president has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don't want Trump."

This is simply absurd, nearly every single word of it, other than "Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election." But he's definitely not concerned. If he were, he wouldn't have invited Putin to visit Washington in the fall.

To say no one has been tougher on Russia than him, when would that be? Would that be when he was saying during the election that he wanted to improve the relationship with U.S. and Russia? Or would that be when they were having a private meeting with only interpreters in the room? Or would this be when he stood next to him and said, "I don't see any reason why it would be Russia."

All of the people who worked on Trump's campaign who have been indicted or pled guilty have some type of connection to Russia or Ukraine. And there are others as well who have a connection who haven't even been indicted, such as Donald Trump Jr. holding meetings with Russians with the intent on getting dirt on Hillary.

But we're supposed to believe that Trump is tough on Russia? We're supposed to believe that Russia is working towards getting the Democrats elected? It's a ridiculous comment.

It seems he's trying to take care of two concerns at once. Once big concern is Mueller's investigation that has been a thorn in Trump's side for over a year. The other is that he's concerned that the Democrats will have a big showing in November and that the GOP will lose either the House or the Senate.

If Trump can get his supporters to believe Russia wants to steal the election away from them and give it to the Democrats, he gets them to come out in droves and vote red. He also covers the fact that he's shaking in his boots that Mueller is so close to him.

It draws comparisons to Richard Nixon declaring, "I'm not a crook." He, too, denied everything and tried to keep the tapes from being released. Once faced with the "smoking gun tape," he met with his advisors who informed him he was certain to be impeached, and he finally resigned. 

Trump seems to be sitting on a smoking gun somewhere, and these wild comments make it appear as if Mueller is getting closer and closer to the tape. Trump seems to be doing everything he can to throw this investigation off course before it brings him down.




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