President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC, Monday night after his trip to the United Kingdom and then Helsinki, Finland, for a closed door meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But damage control for remarks the President made during that trip dominated the agenda on Tuesday.
Trump drew harsh criticism for his repeated statements —on Twitter and during a highly criticized press conference which earned the hashtag #TreasonSummit— against the United States and favoring Russia. But Tuesday he attempted to walkback his remarks, focusing on only one of his many comments, by claiming he was simply confused by the words “would” and “wouldn’t.”
Tuesday afternoon, the President attempted to explain everything away by claiming he had “a full faith in our intelligence agencies” —immediately after which in a bizarre coincidence the lights briefly went out in the White House. Trump went on to state when he said, “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia, he actually meant to say, “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be” in regards to Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The President’s critics however, were not buying it. And one of those very vocal critics, Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show provided his own spin on Trump’s linguistic confusion excuse.
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“After President Trump threw America under the Russian bus, everyone stateside lost their shit and I do mean everyone,” Trevor Noah began his assessment of Trump’s recent trip overseas. “…They all came down hard on Comrade Trump.”
Noah then ran a greatest hits of Trump Helsinki meeting criticism, featuring Fox commentator Neil Cavuto calling the President’s performance “disgusting” and remarks made by his fellow Republicans, Senator John McCain, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“President Trump is no stranger to criticism, said Noah, “but it’s not often that even his closest allies slam his actions.”
So just like after Trump praised the Charlottesville Nazis, today, the President was forced to come out and pretend to believe something different than what he said.”
“And I don’t know if you guys believe in omens, but watch happens,” Noah said before showing footage of the lights going out during Trump’s walk back briefing with the press.
Noah then pointed out the President’s body language after the lights came back on, noting the President asked if everyone was okay, but had gone from an open posture to hugging himself in the moments the lights were out.
“But that was insane,” Noah continued.
Trump tried to claim he believes the intelligence agencies and then the lights went off. It’s like even electricity is tired of Trump’s bullshit.”
After a joke about gravity eventually being done with Trump some day too, Noah proposed the White House has a special version of the infamous product, the Clapper, installed. But instead of clapping to turn lights on and off, Trump lies.
“Okay, so just like Trump’s presidency, today’s press event got off to a horrible start,” Noah continued then showed footage of the President’s remarks.