Mary Curtis: President Trump’s Walk-back

CNN – Donald Trump did something he rarely does — admit a mistake. The President has been taking a pounding from both sides of the political aisle over his comments during the Helsinki, Finland, summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. So Trump tried some cleanup at the White House, now saying he misspoke when he said, “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Reading prepared remarks to reporters in the Cabinet Room, Trump said, “The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.” He also said he accepted the US intelligence community’s conclusion that the Russians meddled in the election, something he wouldn’t do while standing right next to Putin on Monday. But even this came with a caveat from Trump: “It could be other people also.”

It’s doubtful that this will calm the uproar over his original comments. Senate Democrats are calling for hearings, including summoning Trump’s national security team to testify about what the heck happened in Helsinki. A new bill backing tougher sanctions against Russia is also being considered. Meanwhile, Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements during their meeting, but the White House wouldn’t confirm this or offer any details about it.

 

WCCB Political Contributor, Mary C. Curtis weighs in.