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Presidential Incompetence

In the wake of the G-7 meeting in Quebec, the Nato meeting in Belgium, the rudeness in Britain, and the abasement to Putin in Helsinki, it is increasingly obvious the leader of the US is incompetent.The incompetence seems to extend to basic mental functioning. It appears he fails to make fundamental distinctions. And if you can believe his excuse for one of his statements supporting Putin, he has such trouble expressing himself that he is able to say the opposite of what he means due to getting confused by trying to construct a double negative.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, concluded that Mr. Trump was unable to distinguish between the fact that Russia had interfered in the election and the accusation — as yet unproven — that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia.
“In the president’s mind, I think he’s conflating different things — the meddling and the collusion allegations for which there does not appear to be any evidence,” Mr. Cornyn said.

- Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Nicholas Fandos and Thomas Kaplan, Republicans Rebuke Trump for Siding With Putin as Democrats Demand Action, NYT, July 16, 2018


Mr. Trump said the misunderstanding arose from his use of a “double negative.”

“The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative,” he said. “So you can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself. I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.” ...
“My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia,” Mr. Trump said, referring to the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats. “I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said, “In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’”
- Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman, Trump Now Says He Accepts U.S. Intelligence Reports on Russian Election Meddling, NYT, July 17, 2018



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