In news that says everything about the state of the world in 2018, President Donald Trump has gone and said a stupid thing, only to have his apology for said stupid thing overshadowed by doing a stupider thing.
You see, in the wake of a bizarre press conference alongside Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday, Trump has been forced to clarify his comments about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
At a brief, follow-up press conference on Tuesday, the President tried to say he ‘misspoke’ when he rejected the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the United States election, explaining he meant to say: “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,” instead of, “I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia.”
Don’t you hate when you accidentally say the wrong word about one of the most controversial issues of our time in front of the world leader about whom the controversy is about?
This mistake, however, has been quickly obscured by a funnier, less scary one, visible on the typed pages Trump was holding as he spoke about his meeting with Putin.
His notes - which were typed in a noticeably large font - had additions made in black marker, written in capital letters (Trump's handwriting is known to consist mainly of capital letters).
'THERE WAS NO COLUSION,' the president had added, concerning on the grounds that a) you'd think that was a sentence he shouldn't have to remind himself to say, and b) he doesn't know how to spell collusion.
CNBC reporter Christina Wilkie also noticed that the only sentence Trump had crossed out happened to read: "Anyone involved in that meddling to justice."
In context, it would appear Trump did not want to say that the people involved in Russian interference would be brought to justice.
Oh my. The only line Trump crossed out of his talking points appears to say, "Anyone involved in that meddling to justice."
So it seems Trump did not want to say that those involved in the meddling would be brought to justice. https://t.co/pmpIFPuTyB
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) July 17, 2018
During the press conference, which represented one of the very few times the President has admitted to making a mistake, Trump said, "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. There's a lot of people out there. There was no collusion at all, and people have seen that, and they've seen it strongly."
This isn't the first time Trump has been caught out holding handwritten notes he ostensibly shouldn't need. In February of this year, during a visit with survivors of the Florida school shooting, a photographer zoomed in on a note that read, "I hear you".