Donald Trump's trip to Asia has been smooth and without incident, aside from the occasional venting on Twitter. However, there's one topic the commander in chief just can't seem to get past. He declared that Vladimir Putin did not interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Trump's bold statement turned heads, given the fact that intelligence agencies have reports from their investigations that state otherwise.
Ready to snuff the ongoing discussion once and for all, Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, "He said he didn't meddle. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times."
As if defending a true comrade, Trump added, "I think he is very insulted by it."
There was no collusion. Everybody knows there was no collusion. I think it's a shame that something like that could destroy a very important potential relationship between two countries that are really important countries.
“And I believe, I really believe that when he tells me that he means it.” - Trump on Putin denying election meddlin… https://t.co/WPbuTWo53n— Christopher Miller (@Christopher Miller)1510397356.0
The President threw his former administration officials under the bus.
I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks. So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them.
He believes the conspiracy of Russian meddling was a fabrication by Democrats to deflect attention from their defeat in the election.
Meanwhile, the Republican party took some dramatic hits since Trump departed for his whirlwind tour of Asia. Robert Mueller's investigation led to two indictments, a guilty plea by former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, and the surrenders of campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign official Rick Gates.
Twitter can no longer be in shock, but they can't accept Trump's statement.
@kylegriffin1 So he'd rather believe a lying, murdering, dictator, instead of our own intelligence agencies. SHOCKER!— rona (@rona)1510399949.0
@lindyk20 @braxtonryn @kylegriffin1 Trump's a cowardly chicken. https://t.co/3oNfnYiWXT— NoFascism (@NoFascism)1510406971.0
She put it simply. But it still doesn't calm nerves.
@kylegriffin1 The question in my mind is why anyone would believe anything trump says about anything. We know he's… https://t.co/Y4gqjhlx4h— Mary Hall-Rayford 4 Eastpointe City Residents (@Mary Hall-Rayford 4 Eastpointe City Residents)1510400509.0
@kylegriffin1 @20committee @TheRickWilson Trump just admitted he can't stand there and argue with Putin. I wonder why...— Edward Lechner (@Edward Lechner)1510408901.0
Is the scenario one with a puppet and his master?
@ChristopherJM And then Vlad passed Donnie a note with his instructions for the next six months of destruction.— That Annoying Moment (@That Annoying Moment)1510402745.0
@ChristopherJM You're a good boy Donnie , @realDonaldTrump , daddy Vlad wouldn't lie to you. https://t.co/xoUP9t9SXP— Polaris (@Polaris)1510409857.0
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