“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative,” Trump told reporters. “So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself.”In other words, Donald Trump wants you to believe that what he meant to say was the exact opposite of what he actually said.
OK, let's give the man the benefit of the doubt. It's a high-pressure situation. He's old and has no stamina. The difference between "would" and "wouldn't" isn't all that big (except for, like, being antonyms, but why split hairs?)
So now he accepts that Russia might have interfered with the 2016 election.
So, um, what about the witch hunt?
Remember the witch hunt? Donald Trump has been tirelessly flogging two mantras since the day Robert Mueller was appointed in the wake of Trump's firing of James Comey: 1) there was no collusion between the campaign and the Russians, in no small measure because 2) the whole investigation was a witch hunt. There is nothing for Mueller to find, no wrong doing of any sort by any party. The whole investigation should be shut down with all deliberate speed.
I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.That is a major concession. That is an acknowledgement that the investigation was not a "witch hunt", that we really were attacked by a foreign power. So does that mean that Trump is contrite for having made such an egregious mistake? Does that mean that he is now going to take the Russians to task for attacking us? Hell no.
"Could be other people also. A lot of people out there,” Trump said, reading mostly off a sheet of paper, before a meeting with Republican members of Congress at the White House.And of course, there is still Mantra #1:
“There was no collusion at all,” he added, dismissing the notion that his campaign coordinated with Moscow in 2016.So let's take stock. The President of the United States has now acknowledged that:
1. We were in fact attacked by Russia, and that therefore...
2. He was wrong when he repeatedly called the Mueller investigation a witch hunt. However...
3. He has not yet explicitly acknowledged #2. In fact, to the contrary, he is still trying to deflect attention away from Russia by suggesting on no evidence whatsoever that it "could be other people."
And yet, he still expects us to take him at his word that there was "no collusion" between the campaign and Russia. You know what? It's a moot point. There is open collaboration between the Trump administration and Russia!
Imagine if Hillary or Obama had done what Trump is doing.