Donald Trump, or rather the handler who has begun loosely impersonating him (link) on his Twitter account, decided to launch into a detailed defense today of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The trouble: the tweets about Page revealed details about their relationship that may have done more harm than good for both Page and Trump.
Here’s what Trump’s Twitter account posted this morning across two consecutive tweets (link): ‘So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify. He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing “the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!”
For starters, Trump doesn’t know words like “excoriated” to begin with, so this clearly seems to have been posted by the handler now running his Twitter account. It also appears to have been in response to this morning’s misleading Fox News segment which incorrectly claimed that Carter Page wants to testify before Congress, but the Democrats aren’t allowing him. But here’s the catch: Donald Trump has long claimed that he doesn’t even know Page, and that Page’s role in the campaign was minimal to nonexistent.
In fact, since the Russia scandal exploded, the Trump campaign has planted stories in friendly outlets like Fox News which claimed that the campaign had been cease and desisting Carter Page because he was overstating the role he’d played in the campaign (link). Yet now Trump is claiming to be familiar enough with Page to know what he’s going to testify about, and to know that it’s going to “blow away” the case being built against the Trump campaign in the Russia investigation. How could Donald Trump possibly know this? Three possibilities come to mind.
The first, and seemingly most likely, is that Trump (or his new Twitter handler) is simply bluffing, and has no idea how Carter Page might testify. The second is that Trump and Page did indeed know each other well enough during the campaign that Trump is now confident he knows what Page will say. The third, and most dire, is that Trump knows precisely how Page will testify because he’s coerced him. But any way you slice it, Trump’s tweets about Page today only serve to cast suspicion on them both. Follow Palmer Report on Facebook and Twitter.
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