President Donald Trump is now claiming he “misspoke” during his Monday press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a statement that made him appear to agree that the Kremlin did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
“At a White House pool spray before meeting with Republican members of Congress, the president suggested that he misspoke during his Monday press conference with Putin, in which he signed onto the Russian leader’s ‘strong’ claim that there was no election interference,” Raw Story reported earlier Tuesday.
As the Los Angeles Times‘s Sarah Wire noted, Trump’s insinuated that he believed Putin.
“I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said in Finland on Monday. “I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
Trump's full quote from yesterday: "I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be." https://t.co/UZsoOML6jb
— Sarah D. Wire (@sarahdwire) July 17, 2018
Twitter, naturally, clamored to hold Trump’s feet to the fire for such a serious apparent misstep.
“A man who unironically calls himself a ‘very stable genius’ claims it took him 30 hours to realize he said ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,'” Open Secrets’ Robert Maguire joked.
A man who unironically calls himself a "very stable genius" claims it took him 30 hours to realize he said "would" instead of "wouldn't"
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) July 17, 2018
“This man is the dumbest person on the planet,” another user mused.
Donald Trump says he "misspoke" on election meddling and he sees no reason why Russia would not be responsible.
This man is the dumbest person on the planet.
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) July 17, 2018
Check out more responses below:
So their official position is that basically Trump misspoke and accidentally looked treasonous?
This. Is. Really. Not. Normal. pic.twitter.com/v5ZpfXKkV9
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) July 17, 2018
— ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) July 17, 2018
"i wasn't agreeing with putin. I was communicating, conversating, associating" https://t.co/IIApZXrYz2
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) July 17, 2018
President Trump claims he misspoke when he said he was making steamed clams.
"No," says Trump. "I said steamed *hams.* That's what I call hamburgers."
When questioned, the President calls the usage "a regional dialect."
— James Santelli, a true bachelor in paradise (@JamesSantelli) July 17, 2018
Breaking: Trump claims he misspoke on election meddling, now says he sees no reason why it wouldn't be Russia that was responsible.
Trump had the opportunity while standing next to Putin to say that and he didn’t.
Therefore, We don’t give a sh!t! The damage is already done.
— Ambassador Rob (@RobertoWinsSher) July 17, 2018
I’m not laughing. 😥😥😥😥😥. Oh, hell. YES I AM. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/My2mleSAAM
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) July 17, 2018
President Dril is trying to remove it https://t.co/mxFXAwNz6o
— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) July 17, 2018
Trump misspoke when he took the oath of office
— Alex Camacho (@93godzilla) July 17, 2018
This isn’t as bad as when Trump misspoke at his weddings and said “forsaking all others”
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 17, 2018
It took Trump and the White House 30 hours to realize he misspoke?
"This is Showgirls-level accidental hilarity."
—unnamed Daily Beast staffer pic.twitter.com/XP975YLOCg
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) July 17, 2018
Just imagine Trump shouting "I DIDN'T MISSPEAK, YOU MISSPOKE! YOU MISSPOKE!" at someone trying to save his ungrateful behind.
— Alexandra Erin @ WorldCon (@alexandraerin) July 17, 2018
Trump says he misspoke in Helsinki – which is what can happen when you:
1) don't take big events seriously enough to prepare
2) go on TV the day before and say you're not sure of your goals
3) assume you're always smarter than everyone else ("I'm, like, really smart")
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) July 17, 2018
Trump: “Apparently I misspoke. I meant to tell those Russian women to NOT pee on the bed in my Moscow hotel room. So that clears that up.”
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) July 17, 2018
Clean up, aisle Trump.
He didn't misspeak. He said exactly what he intended to, and he doubled and tripled down until he got back here and was forced to change his tune. He can't be trusted on his own. We deserve to know what he said to Putin when they were alone for 2+ hours https://t.co/vz2mch4Nzs
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) July 17, 2018
Trump yesterday: I don’t think Russia attempted to interfere in our elections, I believe Putin
MAGA Twitter: exactly the right thing to say, sir
Trump today: Actually I MEANT to say the exact opposite of that
MAGA Twitter: exactly correct again, sir. https://t.co/rETOhQzi3T
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) July 17, 2018