The Washington Post reports US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, someone hand-picked by President Trump after he fired Michael Flynn, has publicly acknowledged evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is “incontrovertible”, which then prompted an interesting tweet from POTUS:
The comments, a day after the Justice Department indicted 13 Russians on charges of interference in the election that catapulted Donald Trump to the White House, follow months of efforts by the president to cast doubt on assertions of Moscow’s interference.
In a late-night tweet Saturday, President Trump hit out at McMaster, saying he “forgot” to mention that the Russians had not impacted the results of the election and that there had been no collusion with his campaign. Both are frequent Trump talking points that have not been substantiated by intelligence agency conclusions or investigators.
“General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!”
McMaster’s comments came as he used a high-profile address at a global security conference to try to rally Western allies against common enemies, offering an olive branch to U.S. partners that have often felt battered and neglected in the age of Trump.
On the one hand it is good to see someone in the Trump administration acknowledge Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. On the other, I find Trump’s inability to fully comprehend the situation incredibly frustrating. It is curious he is so quick to blame everyone but Russia for what happened.