Hours after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on charges that he conspired with whistleblower Chelsea Manning to hack government computers, President Donald Trump offered a take that, naturally, contradicts his past statements.
“I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” he said. “I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange, and that will be a determination. I would imagine mostly by the attorney general, who is doing an excellent job. So he’ll be making a determination. I know nothing really about him. That’s not my deal in life. I don’t really have an opinion.”
The president’s own statements show otherwise. The Trump Twitter archive shows that Trump mentioned WikiLeaks 141 times in the month leading up to the 2016 presidential election. And two years ago at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he actually said “WikiLeaks. I love WikiLeaks.”
Trump today in the Oval Office: "I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing."
Flashback to the campaign. Trump: "WikiLeaks. I love WikiLeaks." pic.twitter.com/eYfg5zeySI
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 11, 2019
People (journalists particularly) haven’t stopped reminding the president––who’s been known to contradict himself on a daily basis––of what he once said, either.
Trump 2016: “I love Wikileaks.”
Trump 2019: “I know nothing about Wikileaks.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 11, 2019
“I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing” Trump says just now in reference to an organization he previously said he loved.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) April 11, 2019
Donald Trump just said he knows “nothing about Wikileaks.” A total lie and reversal from his 2016 campaign when he repeated over & over again that he “loves Wikileaks.”
— Ryan Knight #ImpeachTrump 🍑 (@ProudResister) April 11, 2019
Asked if he still loves WikiLeaks, Trump tells the pool, “I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing.” He previously called it “amazing” and a “treasure trove.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 11, 2019
Here are just a few of the moments during the 2016 campaign when Trump proclaimed to “love” WikiLeaks:
Trump in 2016: "I love Wikileaks."
— The Hill (@thehill) April 11, 2019
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump praised WikiLeaks for its role in disseminating material stolen from the servers of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign. In July 2016, Trump went so far as to invite Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, asking the Kremlin to find “the 30,000 emails that are missing” from the personal server she used during her tenure as Secretary of State.