Donald Trump ends up giving it away every time. Whenever he gets word that a bombshell is about to hit the newswires in his Russia scandal, he frantically tries to create a distraction, in the hope that the resulting controversy will take headlines away from the bombshell. Trump posted an utterly bizarre tweet on Saturday which was clearly aimed at controversy, and then his Press Secretary confirmed it by promptly piling on.
On Saturday afternoon, instead of addressing the false alarm missile crisis in Hawaii that had just played out, Trump tweeted this absurd and angry word jumble: “So much Fake News is being reported. They don’t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!” That was just the beginning.
Just ninety minutes later, Sarah Huckabee Sanders began trying to fan the flames of controversy in a similar manner. She used the official White House Press Secretary account on Twitter to post an infographic which said “Fake News. The Wall Street Journal. Fake News is at it again! Falsely quoting President Trump.” It then went on to assert that Trump didn’t actually say “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea,” and that he actually said “I’d probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.”
We’re sure the Wall Street Journal will release that portion of the recorded audio of the interview in order to prove that they did indeed quote Donald Trump correctly. Remarkably, the quote would be just as bizarre even if Trump did say it as Huckabee Sanders insists. But this isn’t about North Korea. Trump always pulls this stuff whenever he’s been asked to provide comment for a Trump-Russia bombshell that’s about to be published, and this time it’s got him so worried, he’s got his lackeys helping him to play up the distractions.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report