This week started off with a new round of political tumult thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the United States’ own intelligence agencies on the issue of the Kremlin’s U.S. election meddling.
On Tuesday, as Trump was trying to undo the damage that his remarks had caused via offering an explanation at the White House, the lights went out.
That’s not a figure of speech; as he was relaying a statement claiming his support of Putin to have been a grammar mistake, the lights in the room faded to black before turning on again.
As the lights went out, Trump was saying:
‘I have full faith in our intelligence agencies.’
After the lights went out, he quipped:
‘Whoops they just turned off the light. That must be the intelligence agencies.’
Watch it below.
The comment could be taken, of course, as in jest, but it comes after Trump and his allies have already spent a considerable amount of time hyping up supposed conspiratorial plots inside the nation’s intelligence community, so the “joke” doesn’t land effectively.
The nation’s intelligence community was among the many interests to call Trump out after his comments in support of Putin offered after a one-on-one meeting in Finland on Monday.
Trump-appointed Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said:
‘We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.’
Trump originally earned himself so much scrutiny in Helinski by saying, when pressed about Russian election meddling:
‘I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia.’
On Tuesday, Trump claimed to have meant to say that he didn’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia, a backtrack that no doubt very few take seriously. Trump made his original remark in response to an unscripted question from a reporter, and it came after a long list of other instances of him backing Russia through such means as undermining the domestic investigation into the meddling scandal.
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