WH: Trump’s ‘All a Big Hoax’ Tweet Referring to ‘Collusion Component’ of Russia Investigation

By Melanie Arter | July 24, 2018 | 12:39 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) – The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump’s tweet using the phrase “it is all a big hoax,” was referring to “collusion component” of the Russia election interference investigation.

“So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election. Why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!” Trump tweeted Sunday.

“The president tweeted yesterday that Russia's election interference was ‘all a big hoax.’ Those are the words he used, but last week, he said he had ‘full faith’ in the U.S. intelligence agencies. So does he believe the interference was a big hoax, or does he have faith in the intelligence agencies that have concluded definitively the other way -- that Russia did, in fact, interfere?” a reporter asked.

“As the president has said many times, and stated over and over again -- as have I, as have a number of other administration officials -- we maintain that Russia interfered in the elections. The President, however, very much so, and has repeatedly -- as, again, have the rest of us -- that his campaign colluding in that process is a total hoax. And we still hold strong to that,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The reporter said that Trump’s tweet “suggested overall that it was a hoax.”

“The president is referencing the collusion component. Once again, the president has faith in the intelligence that suggest and maintain that Russia was involved in the elections. However, it's also important that that same information concludes that it had no impact on the election, and that the president, again, would like to repeat that there was no collusion,” Sanders said.

 

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