Trump Dances And Republicans Play The Same Old Refrain

Nobody Who Actually Could Do Something Moves To Do Anything Substantive In The Wake Of Trump’s “Clarification” Of The Putin Meeting Where He Praised The Russian Leader And Trashed His Own Country…Instead, Republican Rebukes From Just A Day Ago Turn Into Talk About “Moving Forward”

Eric J Scholl
6 min readJul 18, 2018


Let’s get a couple of things straight off the bat:

• Trump never actually used the word “misspoke” in describing what happened during his news conference with Putin. If you listen to his uncomfortable and excessively busy explanation, Trump comes very close to making it sound like he was misquoted. Because he said the wrong word:

“It should’ve been obvious. I thought it would be obvious. But I would like to clarify in case it wasn’t. In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’. The sentence should’ve been: ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia.”

What Trump actually said at the news conference was:

“My people came to me — [Intelligence Chief] Dan Coats came to me and some others — they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin: he just said it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server. But I have…I have confidence in both parties.”

So while you can perhaps see where Trump might be given the benefit of the doubt on that one word, it doesn’t change the fact that throughout the news conference he continually praised Putin as at least if not more reputable than his own folks.

• Trump did not ever actually reverse that sentiment. Because immediately after saying:

I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.”

He ad-libbed:

“Could be other people also. There’s a lot of people out there.”

That’s a total deflection which puts him right back to where he started!



Eric J Scholl

Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report"