WATCH: Donald Trump Says 2016 Election Meddling ‘Could Have Been Other People Also’


Twenty-four hours after standing beside Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and saying that he doesn’t see “why [the meddling of the U.S. election] would be” from Russia, President Donald Trump is walking back his earlier statements and acknowledged that Russia meddled with the U.S. Then, in a pattern that’s become rather typical of Trump’s concessions, he appeared to contradict himself in the same breath:

 Could be other people also, there’s a lot of people out there.

His excuse for the “I don’t see why it would be” is just as startling. The president now says that he meant to say “I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.” It’s an error that he says “should have been obvious.”

The president continued:

I have felt very strongly that while Russia’s actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying…that I accept our American intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.

The president did not elaborate on why it took him 24 hours to realize he allegedly misspoke, nor did he mention why he defended his initial words with multiple tweets or an interview with his favorite so-called journalist Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Americans on social media were too outraged to let him off easy.

The president did not explicitly apologize for the uproar that resulted from what he says was a simple case of misspeaking.

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