The Note: Trump’s do-over doesn’t mean it’s over

The Note: Trump’s do-over doesn’t mean it’s over

7:02am, 18th July, 2018
The TAKE with Rick Klein Call it a walk-back, a cleanup or a clarification. Just don’t call it over. President Donald Trump on Tuesday did something he rarely does in asking for a do-over of his comments about Russia meddling. But he provided far more clarity a day earlier, when he declared that “we’re all to blame,” and expressed confidence in “both parties” -- American intelligence agencies and the Putin government. Even his acceptance of the judgment of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia tried to meddle in the election came late and with a loud caveat: “could be other people also.” What the president said Tuesday will probably be enough for many of his supporters, on Capitol Hill and among friendly pundits, to declare the episode to be in the past. But what happened in Helsinki wasn’t about a missing contraction or an error in transcription, any more than Charlottesville was about a stray turn of phrase regarding “both sides.” The questions raised by Monday’s...