Trump's Response To Questions On Pardoning Manafort Raises Eyebrows

When it comes to questions from the mainstream press, President Donald Trump is damned if he answers them, and he’s equally damned if he dismisses them. If he answers them, the story of the day quickly turns into what Trump had to say about such and such. If he dismisses them, the story of the day becomes that Trump is refusing to answer questions.

Such is life for the commander-in-chief, but this is something that perfectly demonstrates the toxicity of the current political environment. Unsurprisingly, reaction to Trump’s dealings with the press are completely different amongst supporters and detractors. Supporters love the fact that he stands up for himself and isn’t shy about calling the press out for mistakes, but detractors view such behavior as troubling and dangerous.

We need to look no further than this recent interaction between Trump and members of the media for confirmation. As the Independent Journal Review shares, some questions were bellowed out at Trump as he wrapped up a simple policy meeting. Those questions had to do with the news that an indictment had been handed down on former campaign manager Paul Manafort. POTUS didn’t take the bait, and he dismissed those questions.

Soon thereafter, social media exploded with commentary from Trump detractors. For example, one user felt the need to share the back and forth between Trump and the press verbatim. Exactly what that accomplished is unclear, but it seems as if the user was attempting to spark a conversation. We’re going to go out on a limb and assume a conversation would’ve been had without the user sharing a play-by-play of something others were already well aware of.

“Are you going to pardon Manafort? TRUMP: Thank you. What's your reaction to the guilty plea of Papadopoulos? TRUMP: Thank you very much,” the user shared.

Unlike Trump, other users took the bait and began offering up their hot takes on what this all meant.

“Alzheimer's? Ignorance? Or avoidance? You decide,” wrote one user.

“That means he's involved,” said one commenter.

“Someone needs to call Vlad, his robot is broken,” added one poster.

Shots taken at the commander-in-chief on social media are not a new phenomenon by any means, and we can expect them to continue. However, it’s incredibly telling that such simple things can be taken and spun as if Trump is somehow guilty of unclear things. Let’s take a look at the facts as we know them.

Manafort was found to have been a bad boy in the past. His transgressions happened before he was associated with Trump, and he’ll have to pay the price if he’s found guilty. There remains zero indications that Trump has done anything wrong here, in spite of the inordinate amount of time and resources that have been devoted to the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Now let’s suppose for a second that Trump took the bait and offered up a response to these questions about Manafort. Would he be saluted for his candor and frankness? Nope. His words would be interpreted in all kinds of different ways, and there would be plenty of folks implying that he was somehow guilty of unclear things.

Just another day in the life for POTUS. While fascinating to watch, we can’t help but walk away scratching our heads.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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