Trump is confused and conflicted. He apparently believes that if he just admits that Russia meddled in the election, the admission somehow clouds his victory. Trump, somehow, wants to avoid a cloud of Russian meddling over his election. Therefore, he muddies the issue while at the same time making bold statements indicating he knows Russia meddled, and it meddled to his advantage.
For example, Trump is claiming that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about “forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” to safeguard against election hacking when the two leaders met in Germany last week.
Trump tweeted Sunday that he “strongly pressed” Putin twice during their two-hour conclave at the G-20 summit in Hamburg on Friday.
“He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion,” Trump said. Politico
How can you strongly press a man like Putin when your opinion is cloudy?
Trump has shown that he does not believe the numerous intelligence reports on the issue, reminding the American public (and the world) that the American intelligence on weapons of mass destruction was wrong. Therefore, the intelligence conclusions on Russian election meddling are wrong. Trump is clouding the issue.
It’s unclear…what the president’s opinion is. He told reporters on Thursday in Warsaw, Poland, that while he thinks Russia meddled in the 2016 election, “I think it could have been other people and other countries,” adding that “a lot of people” could have interfered. Politico
Then there is Nikki Haley. Nikki Haley delivers this message.
I think that President Trump was letting him know, "Look, we know you did it. This is being talked about." I think that President Putin had to deny it, even though he knows that we know and I think we see where it goes from here," Haley told John Dickerson on CBS. "You know — when you put President Trump in the room with any leader we can kind of cut through all the diplomatic tape and I think that's exactly what happened. Politico
How could President Trump let Putin know that “we know you did it” when Trump himself won't make that statement. Trump continues to question the issue, muddying the waters with each statement he makes. With these muddy waters how could he, with any credibility, tell Putin “we know you did it” without Putin laughing in Trump’s face.
The confusion surrounding Trump’s message on this issue is made more confusing by his continued diversion blaming Obama.
Questions were asked about why the CIA & FBI had to ask the DNC 13 times for their SERVER, and were rejected, still don’t have it,” he continued. “Fake News said 17 intel agencies when actually 4 (had to apologize). Why did Obama do NOTHING when he had info before election? Politico
Trump does not want to admit the Russians meddled in the election. Trump’s statements on meddling shows he did not press Putin hard on the issue. If he did, he did so without credibility.
Trump is afraid of clearly admitting that the Russians meddled in the election. If he makes such an admission, it undermines his victory. Trump is afraid that people will conclude that such meddling was for his benefit. He is afraid this issue undermines his false claims that millions voted illegally giving him the popular vote victory he wants to create. He is afraid that the Russian cloud undermines his path to greatness. He cannot set aside his ego to make the statement to the world:
“Vladimir Putin and his government meddled in our elections. We are going to hold Putin and his government accountable, the preservation of our election system and our great republic demands swift and decisive action to stop this from happening again. By stopping future attacks on the American election process we will keep America great.”
It is that simple Donald Trump. Click here to read Politico's report on this issue.