Trump Refuses to Go Along With Russia Hacking Hoax: 'Everybody Was 100% Sure That Iraq Had WMDs'

Chris Menahan
Jul. 06, 2017

President Trump is still refusing to go along with the unproven claim "Russia hacked our election."

Trump was asked during a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda early Thursday if he will "once and for all, yes or no, definitively say that Russia interfered in the 2016 election."

He would not.

Trump responded:
Well I think it was Russia, and I think it could have been other people in other countries. It could have been a lot of people interfered. Iíve said it very simply. I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it could well have been other countries. And I won't be specific, but I think a lot of people interfere. I think it's been happening for a long time. It's been happening for many, many years. Now, the thing I have to mention is that Barack Obama, when he was president, found out about this in terms of if it were Russia -- found out about it in August. Now the election was in November. Thatís a lot of time. He did nothing about it. Why did he do nothing about it? He was told it was Russia by the CIA, as I understand it Ė it was well-reported Ė and he did nothing about it. They say he choked. Well, I don't think he choked. I think what happened is he thought Hillary Clinton was going to win the election, and he said let's not do anything about it. Had he thought the other way, he would have done something about it. So he was told in early August, presumably by the CIA, that Russia was trying to get involved or meddling pretty strongly with the election. He did nothing about it. The reason is he thought Hillary was going to win. And if he thought I was going to win, he would have done plenty about it. So thatís the real question, is why did he do nothing from August all the way until November 8. Why did he do nothing? His people said he choked. I donít think he choked. Ö

REPORTER: So the follow-upís again for you on that, Mr. President. You again say you think it was Russia. Your intelligence agencies have been far more definitive; they say it was Russia. Why wonít you agree with them and say it was?

TRUMP: Well, Iíll tell you -- let me just start off by saying, I heard it was 17 agencies. I said, boy, thatís a lot. Do we even have that many intelligence agencies. Right? Letís check it. And we did some very heavy research. It turned out to be three or four Ė it wasnít 17 Ė and many of your compatriots had to change their reporting and they had to apologize and they had to correct. Now, with that being said, mistakes have been made. I agree: I think it was Russia, but I think it was probably other people and/or countries, and I see nothing wrong with that statement. Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure. I remember when I was sitting back listening about Iraq Ė weapons of mass destruction, how everybody was 100 percent sure that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? That led to one big mess. They were wrong, and it led to a mess. So it was Russia, and I think it was probably others also. And thatís been going on for a long period of time. But my big question is why did Obama do nothing about it from August all the way to November 8. He did nothing about it, and it wasnít because he choked.
After 8 or more months, this hoax is finally collapsing.

The "17 intelligence agencies agree" lie has been repeated endlessly for almost a year straight. That lie was finally debunked when The New York Times and the Associated Press finally admitted last week it wasn't true.

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