There was more verbal drama at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, when Trump was asked by a reporter if Russia was still targeting the U.S.
(The U.S. national intelligence director had recently warned that the nation’s “warning lights are blinking red” because countries like Russia and China are trying to attack U.S. digital infrastructure.)
“Thank you very much, no,” Trump said.
The reporter asked again, and Trump said “no” again.
“But can you just clarify, you don’t believe that to be the case?” the reporter asked a third time.
Another reporter shouts a question, and Trump says “thank you very much everybody.” But then he appears to change his mind, telling reporters “we’re doing very well” and that “there’s been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia.”
Sanders later said his comment was misinterpreted. She said Trump was saying “no” to answering additional questions — although that didn’t appear to be the case because he elaborated on Russia.
“The president is wrong,” GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said of Trump’s one-word response. Told that Sanders had since clarified, she responded: “There’s a walk-back of the walk-back of the walk-back of the walk-back? This is dizzying.”