Trump finally broke his silence on the arrest of Julian Assange only to say that he knew nothing about Assange and Wikileaks.
Trump told reporters, “I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing. And I know there was something having to do with Julian Assange. I’ve been seeing what was happening with Assange. That will be a determination, I would imagine, mostly by the attorney general, who is doing an excellent job. So he will be making a determination. I know nothing really about it – it’s not my deal in life.
We've reached the point where another Russia scandal player has gone down and Trump now pretends that he doesn't know anything about Julian Assange and Wikileaks. pic.twitter.com/cziQKqZ92H
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) April 11, 2019
Trump has gone with the classic Trump move of denying knowing the arrested person
Trump’s comments were part of the classic Trump move to distance himself, downplay, and deny. Trump has done this same tactic with every single person that has been arrested in the Russia investigation. For example, Trump downplayed his relationships with both Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen after they were arrested. It is what Trump does.
Trump has gone from loving Wikileaks in 2016 to pretending that he has never really heard of them and knows nothing about Assange.
After a morning of total silence on the subject of Assange’s arrest, Trump used what is now his standard tactic of pretending like he knows nothing about the person who was arrested.
Everyone around Trump ends up in trouble, but this president wants to you believe the impossible that he knows nothing and is completely innocent at all times.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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