Trump Clarifies a Tweet About Russia's Election Role

'No, Russia did not help get me elected,' he says, after a tweet suggested otherwise
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2019 8:34 AM CDT
Trump Clarifies a Tweet About Russia's Election Role
President Trump talks with reporters before departing on Marine One for the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By some readings, President Trump seemed to acknowledge in a tweet Thursday that Russia helped him win the 2016 election—but he quickly corrected that impression when speaking to reporters. "No, Russia did not help get me elected," Trump told the media outside the White House, reports the Hill. "You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn't help me at all." The comments came after a series of morning tweets about the Robert Mueller investigation. In one of them, he wrote: "Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax...And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected."

His tweets came a day after Mueller himself spoke publicly for the first time since the release of his report, saying that charging the president was not an option because of Justice Department guidelines about indicting a sitting president, notes Politico. On Thursday, Trump responded, calling Mueller a "never Trumper," reports the AP. "Robert Mueller should have never been chosen," Trump said. "I think Mueller is a true never Trumper. He's somebody who didn't get a job that he wanted very badly." Prior to that, Trump tweeted: "The Greatest Presidential Harassment in history. After spending $40,000,000 over two dark years, with unlimited access, people, resources and cooperation, highly conflicted Robert Mueller would have brought charges, if he had ANYTHING, but there were no charges to bring!" (More President Trump stories.)

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