It's difficult to distance yourself from... yourself, but that's what Donald Trump is doing.
He said he didn't meddle. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that,' and I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it. I think he is very insulted by it.
The problem Trump is running into, however, is his statement contradicts the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies and former high-ranking officials James Comey, John Brennan, and James Clapper.
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.
I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks," Trump said. "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.
But CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who Trump appointed, stands by the U.S. intelligence findings.
The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections. The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed.
As to whether I believe it or not, I’m with our agencies, especially as currently constituted. As currently led, by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.
I believe that President Putin really feels, and feels strongly, that he did not meddle in our election. What he believes is what he believes.
When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics - bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
By “haters and fools” do you mean “Americans you serve” and by “there” do you mean “they’re”?— Angie K.O. (@alk330) November 12, 2017
Haters and fools? Yeah, that sounds like an asshole I want to run the government.— StrategyCamp (@SIIPCampaigns) November 12, 2017
The name calling is immature and abusive. And it's constant. It's upsetting that enough people thought this kind of behavior was appropriate enough that they elected him president. Add to that the incompetence, whining, ego, etc., & - well I'll never understand it.— Janet Beatrice (@janet444) November 12, 2017