Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Sunday, July 22nd was back to referring to "a big hoax."
Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday July 22nd tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the US investigation into Russia's actions.
As reported by AP, Trump tweeted, “So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election. Why did not he do something about it? Why did not he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that is why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!”
It was not immediately clear whether Trump was suggesting that the entire notion of Russian interference was fraudulent. US intelligence agencies unanimously concur it took place and Trump reluctantly accepted their assessment amid the firestorm. Or was he just rejecting the investigation of potential collusion by Trump associates with Russian agents.
The tweet appears to keep alive a controversy that has separated Trump from aides and longtime political supporters and led to some of the most striking rebukes of his tenure in the Oval Office.