During a press conference, Trump denied that he personally colluded with Russia, but said that he could only speak for himself, not his campaign.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 18, 2017
Trump said, “The entire thing has been a witch hunt. There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can only speak for myself and the Russians. Zero. I think it divides the country. I think it divides the country between that and a lot of things.”
Notice how Trump phrased his answer. He never denied that his campaign colluded with Russia. He denied that he personally colluded with Russia. Trump knows about collusion with Russia, and he is trying to save his own skin by blaming people in his campaign.
What Trump doesn’t understand is that if his campaign colluded with Russia, he is toast.
An educated guess is that if push comes to shove, Trump is going to try to blame the collusion on Manafort and Flynn.
By trying to save his own hide, Trump’s answer may have actually made the scandal even worse.