Forget protecting his country, Trump can’t even protect his own notes.
The president held a brief press conference on Tuesday in an attempt to clean up the mess he made when he buddied up with Russian President Vladamir Putin on Monday — remember when he threw his own country’s intelligence agencies under the bus?
Trump tried to use the terrible excuse of a “double negative” to explain his earlier refusal to condemn Putin for Russia interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections. But while he was talking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump left his written remarks exposed, because he’s clearly demonstrated he can’t hold a presser without going off the rails.
If you look closely, you’ll see those prepared remarks have some handwritten notes on them, written in all caps with a black marker. While we can assume someone wrote up the typed remarks for him, Trump is known to write in all caps.
A closer look at the scrawled notes reveal that Trump wrote “THERE WAS NO COLUSION,” on the photo, with collusion spelled incorrectly.
To make matters worse, it appears Trump crossed out a specific line on his prepared remarks, spotted by CNBC reporter Christina Wilkie.
Oh my. The only line Trump crossed out of his talking points appears to say, “Anyone involved in that meddling to justice.”
So it seems Trump did not want to say that those involved in the meddling would be brought to justice. https://t.co/pmpIFPuTyB
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) July 17, 2018
Here’s what he ended up saying aloud during the presser: “I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. There’s a lot of people out there. There was no collusion at all, and people have seen that, and they’ve seen it strongly.”
This isn’t the first time Trump’s notes have been exposed to the public. In February, he was caught with a list of ways to sound compassionate while speaking with victims of gun violence in schools.