President Donald Trump told the press Monday that he doesn’t need to use foreign materials or information to attack an opponent in a campaign. He then followed his comment with a false declaration that he never has in the past.
Trump, per pool, says he won't use dirt/oppo from foreign countries in 2020: “Well, I never did use [it]." pic.twitter.com/5VmgzX82b0
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) May 13, 2019
During the 2016 campaign, Trump commented about or quoted Wikileaks 164 times and 141 of those were in the final month of the campaign. The site’s chief is now expected to be sent to the United States to stand trial for conspiring with Chelsea Manning to steal American documents and publish them online.
Trump only said he “would agree” to not using foreign information.
Below is the video compilation from Ali Velshi that shows the 141 comments from the last month.
The internet was quick to call out the lie and speculate whether Trump’s promise is another toothless claim he has no intention of keeping.
See their comments below:
Trump literally read one of my emails out loud at a rally. https://t.co/GkKggSuZgc
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) May 13, 2019
That is actually a straight-up lie.
Trump was told that the emails posted by WikiLeaks had been stolen by Russian intelligence as part of Putin's efforts to help him win the presidency.
He used that stolen material anyway — EVERY DAY, from Oct. 10, 2016, through the election. https://t.co/pAAlhqGH63
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) May 13, 2019
"Donald Trump says 'I love WikiLeaks'when reading Hillary Clinton emails at 2016 campaign rally"https://t.co/XJvG3r7hih
— ND Palma (@nd_palma) May 13, 2019
According to the Mueller report, Rick Gates told Mueller that “by the late summer of 2016, the Trump Campaign was planning a press strategy, a communications campaign, and messaging based on the possible release of Clinton emails by WikiLeaks.” https://t.co/MSLNj4qQ5B
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 13, 2019
(Except for reading aloud from Wikileaks from rally stage and entire campaign apparatus tweeting it out and Pence talking about it rallies and oh never mind) https://t.co/VhJz1liHdq
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 13, 2019
"Getting off the plane, they were just announcing new WikiLeaks, and I wanted to stay there, but I didn't want to keep you waiting. Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks." — Donald Trump, 11/4/16 https://t.co/Ql0GMoDrLz
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 13, 2019
Yeah, he only pushed people to look at Wikileaks and asked Russia to hack Clinton’s emails https://t.co/O8QrIbzLxz
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) May 13, 2019
Trump made extensive use of materials leaked directly by the GRU conspirators (in their Guccifer 2.0 persona) and indirectly via wikileaks, which he publicly referenced 164 times in the last month of the election per thinkprogress. https://t.co/hiytuuDt2t https://t.co/4PvCFl2Rsh
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 13, 2019
The gaslighting gets wilder every day: Trump's NEW BIG LIE subsumed under the NO COLLUSION tent: "I never did use" information stolen by a foreign adversary. So he's denying gleefully using Wikileaks while refusing to commit to NOT using Russia's or another state's help in 2020! https://t.co/xe4ULRbDss
— Paula Chertok🗽 (@PaulaChertok) May 13, 2019
Using — and actively seeking — dirt from a foreign power is something #Trump did in full view of everyone repeatedly and which his people have defended consistently since then. No lie too obvious.#trumprussia #wikileaks #gru #hillaryclintonhttps://t.co/hkM5YJogDO
— O.T. Ford (@ot_ford) May 13, 2019
No matter how much credit every alternative news outlets want to take for getting Trump elected in 2016, the truth is without Wikileaks exposing the podesta/Clinton emails we wouldn't have awaken or elected him President.#FreeAssange
— Yo_Mamas_Chest_Hair 🇺🇸 (@zonum_ettevy) May 13, 2019
Donald Trump cited WikiLeaks 164 times in the last month of the 2016 election. According to Mueller, his campaign actively worked to create backchannels to WikiLeaks and planned their campaign strategy around their releases. https://t.co/o3dB6gzdTv https://t.co/fCNzv0CnRb
— The Moscow Project (@moscow_project) May 13, 2019
Which means he's going to and did. Or he wouldn't have gone out of his way to say he won't and didn't.
— Dr. Hilarius (@MilesHilarius) May 13, 2019
He really redefines "collusion" here. Mueller report says he definitely accepted the help.
— Jim Uicker (@JimUicker) May 13, 2019
He was joking, right? 😅
— Mark Klapper (@MarkKlapper) May 13, 2019
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,"
— 🌊a 9 million popular majority🌊 (@FamilyTruckster) May 13, 2019
What about your son, or campaign? pic.twitter.com/fQT4SRhXM3
— RandymH (@RandymH) May 13, 2019
“Wikileaks!! I love Wikileaks!”- DJT
— Laura Jandu (@laura_jandu) May 13, 2019