After two consistent days of clarifying his thoughts and refusal to condemn Russia’s plot to manipulate the 2016 U.S. election, Donald Trump has offered another doozy to the general public.
During a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Trump was asked by a reporter if Russia was still “targeting” the United States — his answer, “No,” before adding “We’re doing very well. Probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia. There’s been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia.”
Trump’s response, which is contrary to what Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats suggested last week, was later clarified by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who claims his response of “No” was in reference to answering additional questions, and not disputing Coats’ findings.
“The President said ‘thank you very much’ and said ‘no’ to answering questions,” Sanders said. “The President and his administration are working very hard to make sure Russia is unable to meddle in our elections.” She went on to add that the Trump Administration does believe Russia is a threat to the U.S. “We certainly believe that we are taking steps to make sure they can’t do it again,” she said.
Despite Sanders’ rebuttal, several reporters including the Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng, have stated Trump’s “no” was very clearly addressing the reporters question.
“I was standing right there and the reporter’s question was clear despite minimal ‘crosstalk,” Suebsaeng. “It was clear to me and other folks in the room I’ve spoken to that he was addressing her Q, I heard him say ‘no’ very clearly, then he proceeded to further address the question.”
Could it be pure coincidence that Trump was declining to answer further intelligence questions or just his honest feelings regarding Coats’ findings? Well according to former White House stenographer, Beck Dorey-Stein, the Celebrity-in-Chief has a tendency of “lying to the American people.”
“I quit because I couldn’t be proud of where I worked anymore,” Dorey-Stein said during a Wednesday episode of CNN’s New Day. Stein also went on to add that Trump prevented stenographers in the room for meetings. “I felt like President Trump was lying to the American people, and also … not even trying to tell the truth. He wasn’t even going the extra mile to have the stenographers in the room”
“Mr. Trump likes to call anyone who disagrees with him ‘fake news.’ But if he’s really the victim of so much inaccurate reporting, why is he so averse to having the facts recorded and transcribed,” she added.
In the words of Obama during his Nelson Mandela Lecture — who eloquently summed up his thoughts on today’s politicians who reject the concept of objective truth.
“People just make stuff up…We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more. It used to be that if you caught them lying, they’d be like, oh man — now they just keep on lying,” he said.