Despite incessant digging from Democrats and their media allies over the past two and a half years, there is still no actual proof to support the baseless allegations that then-candidate, now-President Donald Trump “colluded” with the Russian government to “steal” the 2016 election.
That hasn’t stopped many in the media from continuing to ask the president ridiculous questions about alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections, however — and on Thursday, Trump didn’t hesitate to call one reporter out on it.
“Do you believe this?”
The president stopped to take questions from reporters on the lawn of the White House prior to heading to Cincinnati for a campaign rally Thursday evening, and the questions quickly turned to the Kremlin.
“Mr. President, Robert Mueller said last week that Russia is interfering in U.S. elections right now. Did you raise that with Vladimir Putin yesterday?” ABC News reporter Karen Travers asked, referencing a Wednesday call between Trump and the Russian leader.
“You don’t really believe this,” Trump fired back mockingly. “Do you believe this?”
Asked by @karentravers about Robert Mueller’s warning that Russia is continuing to interfere with U.S. elections, Pres. Trump says, “You don’t really believe this. Do you believe this?”
— ABC News (@ABC) August 1, 2019
The president went on to assert that they “didn’t talk about that,” but the two leaders apparently had discussed the raging forest fires that Russia is currently dealing with.
“I just offered our assistance because we’re very good at putting out forest fires, frankly,” Trump said. “And if they should need it, I offered our assistance. We had a good talk — a short talk but a good talk. And I think he appreciated it.”
“It’s a hoax”
Another reporter later attempted to press the matter, again referencing Mueller’s recent remarks on Russian interference.
“Well, I watched Mueller. I’m not sure Mueller knows what’s going on, if you want to know the truth,” Trump replied before reiterating the special counsel’s conclusions: no collusion, no obstruction of justice. “As far as Mueller’s performance, you would have to say it was, maybe, not so good.”
But they weren’t done yet. Later in the back-and-forth, yet another reporter asked the president about the growing number of Democrats who have cited Mueller’s report as a reason to pursue impeachment — but the president was quick to remind the journalist that it’s all just a “hoax.”
“People aren’t even thinking — it’s a hoax. I don’t know if you know that. You know it’s a hoax, right?” Trump mocked. “This was a case brought by the Democrats against me, and nobody wants to talk about it. You know why? Because it’s fake news.” And that’s that.