President Trump held a press conference elaborating on the progress of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin — until the lights went out.
While Trump assured the press on Tuesday that he has “full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies,” the conference room went dark for a moment as the lights dimmed, prompting him to say, “Oops, they just turned off the light. That must be the intelligence agencies…that was strange, but that’s OK.”
WATCH: Lights in White House go out as Pres. Trump says he has “full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 17, 2018
Trump clarified comments he made about the U.S. intelligence community at the Helsinki meeting when he appeared to take its conclusion with a grain of salt that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. election.
President Trump: “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia… We are doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018.” pic.twitter.com/ddJcGiJoGI
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 17, 2018
While the mainstream media went into hysterics over his comments, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came to the president’s aid Tuesday to support his skepticism of the intel community given the politicized 18-month Trump-Russia “collusion” investigation by the FBI and DoJ.
Thank you @RandPaul. “The President has gone through a year and a half of totally partisan investigations – what’s he supposed to think?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2018