In perhaps the most bizarre presidential press conference in the history of the United States, Donald Trump today took a page from one of his biggest boosters while on the campaign trail … Sarah Palin. Not only did his answers to reporters not make any sense, but they also resembled the “word salads” for which the former half-term governor of Alaska is most famous.
No statement from Trump was more Palinesque than this: “The leaks are absolutely real, the news is fake, because so much of the news is fake.”
Of course Trump was referring to leaks from U.S. intelligence agencies that his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, discussed sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the U.S. before Donald Trump took office.
The leaked news led directly to Flynn offering-up his letter of resignation, almost immediately after the story broke, which Trump accepted.
If the news media was simply reporting the “real” leaked information, how could the story be fake? Better yet, why would Flynn resign his office as soon as the news came out?
Or was Trump saying the leaked information from the intelligence agencies was fake … that there are no secret recordings of Flynn and the Russian ambassador discussing possible easing of sanctions under a Trump administration?
At today’s press conference, Trump was standing by his man, claiming the controversial retired general “did nothing wrong.” The media is to blame for his resignation.
It borders on the surreal that Trump would blame the media for his national security adviser’s downfall when it was he who asked for Flynn’s resignation!
Trump tried to clarify the situation by offering up this pretzel: “You know, he was doing his job. The thing is, he didn’t tell our vice president properly, and then he said he didn’t remember. So either way, it wasn’t very satisfactory to me.”
It is obvious Trump is trying to confuse the American people by suspending the rules of logic and speaking in “word salads.” And, of course, blaming everything on the big bad media and all its fake news.
It remains to be seen how this tactic will work, especially for those Trump voters who are not part of his oblivious base.
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