For a guy with as many gold encrusted toilets as Donald Trump, it’s a wonder that he’s such a useful idiot. While speaking at a Thursday press conference, he all but admitted to that role in his rise to power, with Russia connected individuals around the belligerent businessman having evidently borne most of the responsibility for Trump’s rise to power.
ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Trump at a special Thursday press conference for his take on the Wednesday announcement of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Prosecutor for the Russia investigation.
Trump, in his reply to Karl, continued on with the rhetoric that he’d expressed in an early Thursday tweet that referred to the whole thing as nothing more than a “witch hunt.”
The entirety of Trump’s reply, however, is bizarre in that he phrases his answer oddly when it comes to the issue of whether people in Trump’s campaign, who aren’t Trump, colluded with the Russians.
The president said: “There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can only speak for myself and the Russians. Zero.”
Trump seems to suggest that he can’t actually speak for other members of his campaign team when it comes to the question of whether or not his campaign actively colluded with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Indeed; the Trump team has actually used this argument as a defense in the past. Trump staffers have claimed that Carter Page, who is one of the handful of individuals under direct federal investigation in connection to the Russia scandal, was never actually anything but a peripheral figure of the campaign.
Carter Page’s suspicious trips to Russia aren’t where the connections of Trump’s team to Russia end, however. For instance, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been documented to have sought to establish a back channel of communication with the Kremlin some months ago.
Is this what Trump means to acknowledge through seeming to refuse to speak for his campaign as a whole? Or is there more collusion that perhaps not even Trump, ever the useful idiot, knows about?
Trump went on in his answer to Karl to speak to how divided the Russia inquiry makes the country seem.
Well guess what Trump, that’s because there really are a lot of us who want you out of office. We seem divided because we are divided.
Watch the President’s rambling, manically egotistical remarks below.
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