It’s no surprise that our Liar in Chief has some splainin’ to do once again. This time it has to do with whether or not he knows someone, is familiar with them, crossed paths once, whatever. Former Trump advisor (but also complete stranger) Carter Page could cause a lot of problems for Trump’s non-involvement with Russia. Which is why the official White House response to questions about Page has been “Carter Page is an individual whom [Trump] does not know.”
But, after he “saw something on Fox News”, Donald seemed to forget that he doesn’t know Carter Page, by tweeting…
“So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify. He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing ‘the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!”
For someone who claims to hire only the best people, no one seems to know who exactly hired Carter Page for the Trump Campaign. It was Jeff Sessions! No, it was Rick Dearborn (who actually works for Jeff Sessions). No, it was Corey Lewandowski. It’s Sam Clovis…it seems it was everyone but the person Mr. Page was hired to advise.
As for the claim of only hiring the “best people”, let’s take a trip down memory lane to 2007 when Trump was talking to CNBC’s Erin Burnett:
“You have to keep great people around you,” Trump said. “You have to motivate them. You always have to be on top of them. And you have to be smarter than they are. I hear so many times, ‘Oh, I want my people to be smarter than I am.’ It’s a lot of crap. You want to be smarter than your people, if possible.”
So that explains Sean Spicer, but we digress.
Trump’s new position of knowing, but not knowing someone is actually a standard in his playbook. Remember these?
Meryl Streep – “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes…”
This is after, when asked who is favorite actresses are, he said…“Meryl Streep is excellent; she’s a fine person, too.” Wait. That sounds like someone who knows her. No?
Hillary Clinton – “. . . She did some bad things, I mean she did some bad things,” to…
“These (The Clintons) are good people…” and were guests at his third wedding.
And let’s not forget the most important non-relationship of all, Vladimir Putin. There’s a whole timeline for when he knew him and then suddenly didn’t.
You will want to read this but make sure you have your Alternative Fact helmet on cause this might cause your head to explode: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/02/07/does-trump-know-putin-a-chronology/
So while it suits Donald this morning to know Carter Page enough to scream “Witch Hunt”, tomorrow, when he sees a newer, shinier red ball on Fox and Friends, Carter Page will become a complete stranger once again. This will allow Donald to concentrate on not staying in the Paris Climate Agreement or not building a wall or (fill in the blank)