During an interview with CBS Miami, Donald Trump was asked about rumors that he has ties with Russia. The questions come after it was discovered that Russian hackers were behind the DNC email hack, which occurred, rather conveniently, just days before the Democratic National Convention.
Trump did what he does best; he directly contradicted his earlier public statements.
‘I can tell you I think if I came up with that they’d say, “Oh, it’s a conspiracy theory, it’s ridiculous.” I mean I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world but we’re not involved in Russia […] I have nothing to do with Russia, nothing to do, I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.’
At least one part of that statement can be proven to be a lie, because if it’s true, then that means Trump lied during a GOP debate last year.
‘I know him very well because we were both on “60 Minutes.” We were stablemates. We did very well that night.’
Journalists at the time called him out on that lie, noting that Trump and Putin could not have been “stablemates” since they were interviewed for “60 Minutes” on completely different continents. Trump, of course, ignored that fact and would never have admitted he was lying then. But compare the two statements: “I know him very well because…we were stablemates” and “I never met Putin.” One has to be a lie.
Which is the lie, and how many others has Trump told? By the way, where are those tax returns? Trump remains the only presidential candidate in modern history not to release them. This “ridiculous” rumor could be so easily put to bed, but Trump still has too much to hide.
Trump may have also said, “I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever,” but his son said eight years ago that:
‘Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets…We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.’
Which is it? Trump never met Putin, or they met on “60 Minutes?” He has “no business dealing with Russia” or his businesses are seeing “a lot of money pouring in from Russia?”
Which lie will they go with, and how many more are there?