President Donald Trump issued a correction to his statements from his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming that he meant to say he doesn’t see why interference in elections “wouldn’t” come from Russia instead of “would” come from Russia at a separate Tuesday press conference.
“In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the world ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’,” Trump said Tuesday. “The sentence should have been, I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia.”
Democratic members of Congress expressed outrage on social media. (RELATED: Trump Says He Misspoke On Russian Meddling, Accepts Intelligence Assessment)
“This man is a bold-faced, pathological liar reading a bogus statement about his comments yesterday, and I’m confident that he thinks the American people will believe him. We don’t, and we know that the truth was apparent on stage yesterday,” New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman tweeted.
This man is a bold-faced, pathological liar reading a bogus statement about his comments yesterday, and I’m confident that he thinks the American people will believe him. We don’t, and we know that the truth was apparent on stage yesterday. https://t.co/HOJosMw2vn
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) July 17, 2018
“When a President puts democracy at risk and endangers the Republic, there is but one solution prior to an election, IMPEACHMENT,” Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green tweeted.
When a President puts democracy at risk and endangers the Republic, there is but one solution prior to an election, IMPEACHMENT. #ImpeachmentIsNotDead #Helsinki2018 https://t.co/gonSvQI90s
— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) July 17, 2018
“Clean up, aisle Trump,” wrote California Democratic Rep. Judy Chu.
Clean up, aisle Trump.
He didn’t misspeak. He said exactly what he intended to, and he doubled and tripled down until he got back here and was forced to change his tune. He can’t be trusted on his own. We deserve to know what he said to Putin when they were alone for 2+ hours https://t.co/vz2mch4Nzs
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) July 17, 2018
And that was only the beginning.
I notice the “stable genius” is reading his notes today, as if that can reverse the damage he caused off the cuff when no one but Putin was pulling his strings.
— Gregory Meeks (@RepGregoryMeeks) July 17, 2018
Trump just read a statement that tries to limit damage from his Helsinki meltdown. Claiming he meant to say “wouldn’t” instead of “would” is pathetic. We’re not that stupid. We saw the whole press conference. He clearly chose Putin over our intel community.
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) July 17, 2018
The President now claims he misspoke yesterday. After 24 hours this is the best excuse they can come up with for the President’s total subservience to Vladimir Putin. How stupid does he think we are?
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) July 17, 2018
Trump is full of it. This is a pack of fabrications, read off a script, told by a liar. How stupid does he think Americans are? Reciting from some notes won’t undue the catastrophic damage from yesterday and the last 18 months. This man is unfit to lead. https://t.co/ooM9WAETzB
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) July 17, 2018
It tells President Putin ‘continue to take advantage of Donald Trump’ because he doesn’t have the courage, the strength, maybe not even the conviction to say to Putin’s face what he tried to say a few minutes ago.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 17, 2018
Trump pledged at Tuesday’s press conference that he will continue to block attempts at foreign meddling in elections or any other U.S. government activities.
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